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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 and the Board of the National Museum of Ireland.  She is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and was elected to the office of Secretary of the Academy in March 2021.  Professor O'Dowd's most recent book is Marriage in Ireland, 1660-1925 published by Cambridge University Press in 2020 and co-authored with Maria Luddy.  Her current research project is a history of old age in Ireland. 


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Gender and women's history; social history; history of marriage; family history; early modern Ireland; history of old age






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