University of Hertfordshire

Dr Ciara Meehan

Ciara Meehan

Dr Ciara Meehan

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University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom


Having completed my BA (2003) and PhD in history (2007) at University College Dublin, I worked there for six years before joining the History Group at the University of Hertfordshire in 2013 where I am now Reader in History and Associate Dean for Student Experience in the School of Humanities. I have also served as Head of History.

I have published extensively on the transformation of independent Ireland. My major works include The Cosgrave Party: a History of Cumann na nGaedheal and A Just Society for Ireland? 1964-1987.

I have two particular strands of research interest. I am fascinated by Irish political system, with a particular interest in the history of the Cumann na nGaedheal / Fine Gael party, and I am also intrigued by the gendered experience of everyday life, an element of Irish history that is relatively underdeveloped.

My work has received considerable external recognition, and I have been funded by the Irish Research Council, the AHRC, and other bodies. My research has also attracted significant media interest, and I appear fairly regularly in Irish print and broadcast media.

My commitment to excellence in learning and teaching was acknowledged in my successful application to become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2014, and in my advancement to Senior Fellow in 2018. The latter recognises effective and significant impact on students in a sphere of influence wider than my own classroom. 

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