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Professor Sonja Tiernan

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Eamon Cleary Chair of Irish Studies

Contact details

Tel +64 3 479 8634
Office G01 Ground Floor
99 Albany Street

Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand

Academic qualifications

MA(Hons);  PhD (University College Dublin)


Modern Irish history; gender and women’s history; labour and social reform movements; the history of crime and punishment.

Research supervision

I welcome research proposals in any of my research areas.

Editorial and advisory responsibilities

  • I am an evaluator for the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme
  • I act as an Advisory Council Member of the British Association of Irish Studies and as Editorial board member of Breac: a digital journal of Irish Studies
  • I act as a peer reviewer for the following:
    • Irish Historical Studies
    • History Research journal
    • University College Dublin (UCD) Press

Current research

My next monograph, which is on the history of the marriage equality movement in Ireland, is currently in press with Manchester University Press and is due for publication early in 2020.

I recently completed a chapter on women and the conscription crisis in Ireland during World War One which is also in press and will be published in a volume on Women and the Decade of Commemorations, edited by Oona Frawley to be published by Indiana University Press soon.

I have recently started a new research project on twentieth century feminist activism in Ireland which I plan to complete as a monograph. In 2019, I am grateful to have received two fellowships to begin research for this volume; the Moore Institute Visiting Fellowship at the National University of Ireland, Galway; and the Keough-Naughton Library Research Award at the University of Notre Dame. 

I am currently writing chapters for two edited volumes both of which are due to be published in 2020; an examination of the official organ of the Irish Housewives Association, The Irish Housewife, to be published in Volume II of Periodicals and Journalism in Twentieth Century Ireland; and an account of Eva and Constance Gore-Booth for an edition to be published by the Royal Irish Academy, edited by Mary O’Dowd, stemming from an exhibition entitled Sisters held in the RIA in 2019.

Selected publications

Tiernan, S. (2020). Marriage Equality: A social revolution in Ireland. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press [In press: publication due 2020]

Tiernan, S. (2012) Eva Gore-Booth: An Image of Such Politics. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press. 296p

Tiernan, S. (2018). (Ed.), Eva Gore-Booth: collected poems with foreword by President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. New York, NY: Syracuse University Press, 440p

Tiernan, S. (Ed.), (2015). The Political Writings of Eva Gore-Booth. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 264p

Tiernan, S. (Ed.), (2010). Fiametta: a previously unpublished play by Eva Gore-Booth. New York, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 129p

Tiernan, S., & McAuliffe, M. (Eds.), (2009). Sapphists and Sexologists: Histories of Sexualities Volume II. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars. 260p

McAuliffe, M., & Tiernan, S. (Eds.), (2008). Tribades, Tommies and Transgressives: Histories of Sexualities Volume I. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars. 350p

Redmond, J., Tiernan, S., McAvoy, S., & McAuliffe, M. (Eds.), (2008). Sexual Politics in Modern Ireland. Dublin, Ireland: Irish Academic Press, 208p