BiographyI have been a lecturer in education in the School of Education, University College Cork since September 2008. Prior to this position, I worked as a full-time researcher in St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, and also as a primary school teacher in Dublin 15.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
My research interests are in the politics of education, with a specific focus on racisms, religions, childhoods and sexualities. My current work includes the following:
A book titled The Politics of Compulsive Education: Racism and Learner-Citizenship was published in November 2014 by Routledge. This book examines the mutual rise of modern education and racism, from the Imperial Age to the Global Age. Using a variety of concepts and in-depth research, it poses new ways of framing and furthering the existing scholarship on racism, migrations and education. This book was completed with the support of an Irish Research Council New Foundations 2014 Award. See http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415736534/
I am the Principal Investigator of the study Making Communion: Disappearing and Emerging Forms of Childhood in Ireland. This is an Irish Research Council Collaborative Scholars awarded project which investigates the changing nature of 'Irish' childhoods, issues of school 'choice' and availability, and matters of inclusion and exclusion in past and present childhoods. Dr. Yafa Shanneik, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Chester and formerly of the Study of Religions Department UCC, is working with me on this project.