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Associate Professor Sonja Tiernan

History and Politics
0151 291 3719
Arts and Humanities

I graduated from University College Dublin, where I completed a Higher Diploma, a Masters Degree and was awarded a PhD in 2007. Before moving to Liverpool Hope University I held fellowships at the National Library of Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Notre Dame, America and most recently I was invited as the Peter O'Brien Visiting Scholar at the School of Irish Studies, Concordia University, Canada (2015-16.) 

I have been awarded funding internationally from major bodies including, the Irish Research Council, the National Endowment of the Humanities USA, the Royal Irish Academy, Trinity College Hub and the Canadian Irish Studies Foundation. My research area is modern Irish and British social history, especially crime and punishment, as well as gender and women's history. I am a peer reviewer for UCD Press and the journals Irish Historical StudiesHistory Research and Women's History Review and an editorial board member of journals Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies and Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Feminist Studies in Culture and Politics. 

My publications appear in leading journals and I have authored and edited seven books. I recently completed a book on the political writings of the Irish author and trade union activist Eva Gore-Booth published by Manchester University Press and a volume of essays on Gender and Sexual Politics in Modern Ireland, co-edited by me. I am currently writing the history of Marriage Equality in Ireland: A social revolution, to be published by the History Press and a complete volume of Eva Gore-Booth's poetry, edited and introduced by me with a foreword by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, was published in May 2018.

A selection of my publications, public talks and conference presentations are available to download through the online academic network

Twitter @sonjatiernan

I welcome proposals for PhD projects in my research areas.



      S. Tiernan (ed) with introduction by President Michael D. Higgins, Eva Gore-Booth: Collected Poetry, Dublin: Arlen House              Press, 2018.

S. Tiernan, The Political Writings of Eva Gore-Booth. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015.

J. Redmond, S. Tiernan, S. McAvoy, & M. McAuliffe (eds.), Gender and Sexual Politics in Modern Ireland. Irish Academic Press, 2015. 

S. Tiernan, Eva Gore-Booth: An Image of Such Politics: Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012. 

S. Tiernan, Fiametta: a previously unpublished play by Eva Gore-Booth. New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 2010.

S. Tiernan and M. McAuliffe (eds.), Sapphists and Sexologists: Histories of Sexualities Volume II. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.

S. Tiernan and M. McAuliffe (eds.), Tribades, Tommies and Transgressives: Histories of Sexualities Volume I. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008.

Journal Articles & Chapters

S. Tiernan, ‘”No Conscription Now! Or after the harvest”: Women and anti-conscription in Ireland and England’, in ed., Oona Frawley, Irish Women and the Decade of Commemorations. Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2018. (Forthcoming.)

S. Tiernan, ‘Sesame Street, drag queens and religion: the introduction of marriage for same-sex couples in Ireland’ in ed., Salvador Ryan,Marriage and the Irish: a Miscellany. Dublin: Wordwell Press, 2018. (Forthcoming.)

‘“The Revolt of the Daughters?” The Gore-Booth Sisters,’ in eds., Alan Hayes and Marie Meagher, A Century of Progress?: Irish Women Reflect. New York: Syracuse University Press, 2016, pp. 65-86.

     S. Tiernan, 'Countess Markievicz and Eva Gore-Booth,' in eds., Eugenio Biagini and Daniel Mulhall, The Shaping of Modern Ireland: A centenary assessment. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2016, pp. 185-97.  

S. Tiernan, ‘Challenging the headship of man’: Militant suffragism and the Irish Citizen,’ in eds., Mark O’Brien and Felix Larkin, Periodicals & Journalism in Twentieth-Century Ireland. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2014, pp.61-74. 

S. Tiernan, ‘Undercover of The Irish Housewife: a women’s magazine for a new age,’ in ed., Alan Hayes, Hilda Tweedy and the Irish Housewives Association: Links in the Chain. Dublin: Arlen House, 2012, pp. 105-16.

S. Tiernan, ‘Challenging Presumptions of Heterosexuality: Eva Gore-Booth, a biographical case study,’ in Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques, Vol 37, Issue 2, Summer 2011, pp. 58-71.

S. Tiernan, ‘Tabloid Sensationalism or Revolutionary Feminism? the first-wave feminist movement in an Irish women’s periodical,’ Irish Communications Review, Vol 12, 2010, pp. 74-87.

S. Tiernan, ‘Hidden in Plain Sight: Uncovering the History of Meath Women’ in Ríocht na Mídhe: Meath Archaeological and Historical Society. Vol. XXI, 2010, pp. 93-109.

S. Tiernan, ‘Sligo Co-operative Movements (1895-1905); the Birth of an Irish Political Activist,’ in editor(s) Shane Alcobia-Murphy, Lindsay Milligan and Dan Wall, Founder to Shore: Cross-currents in Irish and Scottish Studies (Aberdeen: Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies, 2010), pp. 189-196.

S. Tiernan, ‘“A Zealous Catholic and a Notorious Trouble-Maker:” The Gormanston Papers in the National Library of Ireland’ in Ríocht na Mídhe: Meath Archaeological and Historical Society. Vol. XX, 2009, pp. 171-88. 

S. Tiernan, ‘“It should not be so easy to Construct a Man:” A History of Female to Male Transsexuality’ in editor(s) Sonja Tiernan and Mary McAuliffe, Sapphists and Sexologists: Histories of Sexualities Volume 2. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009, pp. 56-70.

S. Tiernan, ‘The Politics of Historical Fiction: Interview with Novelist Sarah Waters’ in Irish Feminist Review. Vol. 2, 2006, pp. 148-59.

S. Tiernan, ‘“No Measures of Emancipation or Equality Will Suffice:” Eva Gore-Booth’s Radical Feminism in the journal Urania’ in editor(s) Sarah O’Connor and Christopher C. Shepard, Women, Social and Cultural Change in Twentieth Century Ireland. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008, pp. 166-82.

S. Tiernan, ‘The Journal Urania (1916-40): An Alternative Archive of Radical Gender Masquerade’ in editor(s) Sharon Tighe-Mooney and Deirdre Quinn, Essays in Irish Literary Criticism: Themes of Gender, Sexuality, and Corporeality. New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 2008, pp. 55-69.

S. Tiernan, ‘“Engagements Dissolved:” Eva Gore-Booth, Urania and the Challenge to Marriage’ in editor(s) Mary McAuliffe and Sonja Tiernan, Tribades, Tommies and Transgressives: Histories of Sexualities Volume I.  Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008, pp. 128-44. 

S. Tiernan, ‘Tipping the Balance with Historical Fiction: Tipping the Velvet as a Historical Device’ in Irish Feminist Review. Vol. 1, 2005, pp. 161-78.  

Encyclopedia Entries

S. Tiernan, 'Nuala Fennell (1935-2009),' Dictionary of Irish Biography (ed.), James McGuire and James Quinn. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 

S. Tiernan, 'June Levine (1931-2008),' Dictionary of Irish Biography (ed.) James McGuire and James Quinn. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2014.

S. Tiernan, ‘Eva Gore-Booth: “The women’s suffrage movement among trade unionists,’” in ed., Tiffany K. Wayne, Feminist Writings from Ancient Times to the Modern World: A Global Sourcebook and History. Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2011, Vol 2, pp. 404-7.  

      Catalogues and Research Guides

‘Gormanston Papers: Collection List No. 132.’ Dublin: National Library of Ireland, 2008.

‘Eileen O’Casey Papers: Collection List No. 137.’ Dublin: National Library of Ireland, 2008.

‘Women in Irish History: Research Guide.’ Dublin: National Library of Ireland, 2008.

      Book Reviews

     S. Tiernan, Review of Markievicz: A Most Outrageous Rebel, The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, Volume 41, 2018, pp.           323-5. 

S. Tiernan, 'Ada English: Patriot and Psychiatrist,' Irish Historical Studies, Volume 39, Issue 156 (November 2015), pp. 708-9. 

S. Tiernan, 'Judge this book by its cover: A review of A Capital in Conflict: Dublin City and the 1913 Lockout.' Saothar, 2013.

S. Tiernan, ‘Rosamond Jacob more than a fringe activist; Review of Rosamond Jacob: Third Person Singular,’ Saothar, 2011, pp. 113-4.