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Professor O'Dowd's research interests have focussed on gender and social history in early modern Ireland. She was a founding member of the Women's History Association of Ireland and served as president of the International Federation for Research in Women's History, 2000-2005. In 2010 she was elected an honorary member of the Federation's Board in recognition of her work for the Federation.  Professor O'Dowd has served on a number of public committees including the Irish Manuscripts Commission.  She is currently a member of the Board of the National Museum of Ireland.  Professor O'Dowd was elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2010 and is currently the Secretary for Polite Literature and Antiquities/Humanities in the Academy.  Her most recent book is Marriage in Ireland, 1660-1925 published by Cambridge University Press in 2020 and co-authored with Maria Luddy.  Professor O'Dowd's current research project is a history of old age in Ireland. 


Research Statement

Gender and women's history; social history; history of marriage; family history; early modern Ireland; historiography.






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