I am a historian of twentieth century Ireland, specialising in Irish foreign affairs, women in diplomacy and international relations. I was awarded a Ph.D. from University of Limerick in 2017. This Ph.D. was funded by the Irish Research Council, 2013-16. I have worked on the Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series, volume VIII, 1945-48 and I have published in both national and international journals on women and diplomacy. My first monograph, The ideal diplomat? Women and Irish foreign affairs, 1946-90 was published in 2020 by Four Courts Press.
Currently, I am a tutor and lecturer in the Department of History, Maynooth University. My current research involves the Irish Diplomatic Oral History Project, which interviews former Irish diplomats about the careers in the Department of Foreign Affairs. The IDOHP will result in a repository of written transcripts of interviews freely accessible to the public and a second monograph exploring the highlights and challenges of Irish foreign policy since 1970. For more information on this project you can contact me at email@example.com.
Since December 2020 I am the Book Reviews Editor for the Women’s History Association of Ireland (WHAI), if you have a publication which you think would be of interest to WHAI members and you would like it reviewed, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Areas of expertise||
Twentieth century Ireland
*Available for consultancy and research work*
Ann Marie O'Brien (Professional Historian)
Research consultant, Paper Owl Productions – Our Voice Our Story, Oireachtas TV, 2021
Research consultant, Christchurch Productions – The Professor and the Madman, 2016
I have worked as a research consultant for various historians in Ireland and abroad and I am available for consultancy work.
Maynooth University, 2020-present
Department of History modules:
Adult Education modules:
Council on International Educational Exchange, Summer 2019
University of Limerick
· Interview with Myles Dungan, The History Show, RTE Radio One, 18 October 2020.
· ‘Irish National and Transnational Trailblazers, with a focus on 1920’, Dublin Castle, Celebrating 100 years of women in politics and public life lecture, 22 September 2020.
· ‘The ideal diplomat? Women and Irish foreign affairs’, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Gender Working Group, 6 August 2020.
· ‘Each for Equal’, International Women’s Day event, EPIC Museum, 8 March 2020.
· ‘The women of 1916-23’, Virginia and District Historical Society, Riverfront Hotel, Virginia, Co. Cavan, 8 November 2019.
· ‘100 years: the role of women in Irish foreign policy’, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade lunchtime lecture series, Iveagh House, St Stephen’s Green, 10 October 2019.
|Committees & Associations||
‘Pushing boundaries: the transnational activities of Irish women, 1915-39’, Conference of Irish Historians, via Zoom, May 2021.
‘From ‘token’ woman to Madam Ambassador: the role of women in Irish foreign policy, 1947-1973′, Women’s History Network annual conference, London School of Economics, September 2019.
‘A century of change: the (in)visibility of women in the Irish foreign service, 1919-2019’, International Affairs Conference, Royal Irish Academy, May 2019.
‘Irish attitudes towards women diplomats at home and abroad: an international perspective, 1919-2019’, Women’s History Association of Ireland, UCC, April 2019
‘Irish America and the propaganda tours of Irish revolutionary women, 1916-23’, Department of History Research Seminar, Maynooth University, March 2019.
‘A comparative view of the appointment and experiences of female ambassadors in Ireland and the US in the twentieth century’, British Association for American Studies and Irish Association for American Studies joint conference, Queen’s University Belfast, April 2016.
‘Ireland’s forgotten diplomats: Nancy Wyse Power and Máire O’Brien’s quest for obtaining recognition for independent Ireland, 1919-23’, Irish History Student’s Association annual conference, NUI Galway, February 2016.
‘‘If it were the case here that women were really not wanted in our Service … It would be quite wrong in such circumstances to go on pretending that women were eligible for consideration’ : The position of women in the Irish diplomatic service, 1923-48’, Outsiders in independent Ireland Conference, Maynooth University, September 2014.
‘Leading the vanguard? An examination of Josephine McNeill’s appointment to The Hague as Irish Minister Plenipotentiary and Envoy Extraordinary, 1949-55’, International Women’s Day conference, Queen’s University Belfast, March 2014.
The ideal diplomat? Women and Irish foreign affairs, 1946-1990 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2020).
|Peer Reviewed Journals||
Envoy Extraordinary: Professor Smiddy of Cork. By Eda Sagarra. Pp 186. Dublin: Institute of Public Administration 2018 in Irish Historical Studies 43, no. 163 (2019).
Winning the vote for women: the Irish Citizen newspaper and the the suffrage movement in Ireland. By Louise Ryan. Pp 212. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2018. Women’s History Association of Ireland, https://womenshistoryassociation.com/book-reviews/review-of-louise-ryan-winning-the-vote-for-women/
Art O’Brien and Irish nationalism in London, 1900-25. By Mary MacDiarmada. Pp 220. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2020 in Irish Historical Studies, 45, no 167 (2021).
‘On the outside looking in: Ireland attempts to join the United