Dr. Aoife Neary

Dr. Aoife Neary
Lecturer In Sociology Of Education
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Lecturer in Sociology of Education
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Biography

Aoife Neary (BSc, MA, PhD) is Lecturer in Sociology of Education in the School of Education, University of Limerick, Ireland. Drawing on feminist, queer and affect theory, her research explores the politics of gender and sexuality in schools and society. She held an Irish Research Council (IRC) Doctoral Scholar award (2011-2014) and has been an IRC New Foundations Awardee in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Most recently, she was PI/Academic Mentor on an IRC/Marie Curie co-funded CAROLINE project entitled Researching and Advocating for Quality Education: Achieving Equality for Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth in Schools (2018-2020), leading a team to produce the Gender Identity and Gender Expression E-Resource for Second-level Schools. She was formerly a second-level teacher of Physical Education and English (2003-2011). Since her appointment as Lecturer in Sociology of Education in 2014, she has been leading and teaching teacher education modules that explore equality and diversity from a sociological perspective. She is currently Co-Chair of the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee at UL.                         

Research Interests

                                             
Broadly, my current research interests lie within and across the following areas:

Gender, Sexualities and Schooling.

School Culture and the Workings of Privilege 
Feminist Post-strucutral and Queer Epistemologies and Methodologies
The Sociology of Emotionality

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2021 'Trans children and the necessity to complicate gender in primary schools'
Neary A. (2021) 'Trans children and the necessity to complicate gender in primary schools'. Gender And Education, [DOI] [Details]
2021 'Trans and gender diverse youth resisting cisnormativity in school'
McBride R.S.;Neary A. (2021) 'Trans and gender diverse youth resisting cisnormativity in school'. Gender And Education, [DOI] [Details]
2020 'LGB teachers and the (Com)Promised conditions of legislative change'
Neary A. (2020) 'LGB teachers and the (Com)Promised conditions of legislative change'. Teaching Education, [DOI] [Details]
2019 'Marriage Equality Time: Entanglements of sexual progress and childhood innocence in Irish primary schools'
Neary A.;Rasmussen M. (2019) 'Marriage Equality Time: Entanglements of sexual progress and childhood innocence in Irish primary schools'. Sexualities, [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2019 'Complicating constructions: middle-class parents of transgender and gender-diverse children'
Neary A. (2019) 'Complicating constructions: middle-class parents of transgender and gender-diverse children'. Journal Of Family Studies, [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2019 'Critical imaginaries of empathy in teaching and learning about diversity in teacher education'
Neary A. (2019) 'Critical imaginaries of empathy in teaching and learning about diversity in teacher education'. Teaching Education, [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2018 'New trans* visibilities: working the limits and possibilities of gender at school'
Neary, A (2018) 'New trans* visibilities: working the limits and possibilities of gender at school'. Sex Education-Sexuality Society And Learning, 18 :435-448 [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual teachers' negotiations of civil partnership and schools: ambivalent attachments to religion and secularism'
Neary, A;Gray, B;O'Sullivan, M (2018) 'Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual teachers' negotiations of civil partnership and schools: ambivalent attachments to religion and secularism'. Discourse Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, 39 :434-447 [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2017 'LGB Teachers’ Ambivalent Relations with Parents and Students While Entering into a Civil Partnership'
Neary, A. (2017) 'LGB Teachers’ Ambivalent Relations with Parents and Students While Entering into a Civil Partnership'. Irish Educational Studies, [DOI] [Details]
2016 'A Queer Politics of Emotion: Reimagining Sexualities and Schooling'
Neary, A., Gray, B. and O'Sullivan, M. (2016) 'A Queer Politics of Emotion: Reimagining Sexualities and Schooling'. Gender And Education, 28 (2) [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2016 'Civil Partnership and Marriage: LGBT-Q Political Pragmatism and the Normalisation Imperative'
Neary, A. (2016) 'Civil Partnership and Marriage: LGBT-Q Political Pragmatism and the Normalisation Imperative'. Sexualities, 11 (6):726-739 [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]
2013 'Lesbian and gay teachers’ experiences of “coming out” in Irish Schools'
Neary, A. (2013) 'Lesbian and gay teachers’ experiences of “coming out” in Irish Schools'. British Journal Of Sociology Of Education, 34 (4):583-602 [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
2017 LGBT-Q Teachers, Civil Partnership and Same-Sex Marriage: The Ambivalences of Legitimacy.
Neary, A. (2017) LGBT-Q Teachers, Civil Partnership and Same-Sex Marriage: The Ambivalences of Legitimacy. New York: Routledge. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2019 'New trans* visibilities: working the limits and possibilities of gender at school'
Neary, A. (2019) 'New trans* visibilities: working the limits and possibilities of gender at school' In: Gilbert, J and Sinclair-Palm, J (eds). Trans Youth in Education. London: Routledge. [Details]
2019 'Robot Babies, Young People and Pregnancy Prevention: Alternative Imaginings of Sexual Futures'
Rasmussen, ML. and Neary, A. (2019) 'Robot Babies, Young People and Pregnancy Prevention: Alternative Imaginings of Sexual Futures' In: Cambridge Handbook of Sexual Development. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
2019 'Lesbian, gay and bisexual teachers’ ambivalent relations with parents and students while entering into a civil partnership'
Neary, A. (2019) 'Lesbian, gay and bisexual teachers’ ambivalent relations with parents and students while entering into a civil partnership' In: Queer Teaching - Teaching Queer. London: Routledge. [Details]
2014 'Teachers and Civil Partnership: (Re)producing Legitimate Subjectivities in the Straight Spaces of Schools'
Neary, A. (2014) 'Teachers and Civil Partnership: (Re)producing Legitimate Subjectivities in the Straight Spaces of Schools' In: Queer Teachers, Identity and Performativity. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2020 'The Post-Primary School Experiences of Transgender and Gender Diverse'
McBride, R-S, Neary, A., & Lacey, V. (2020) 'The Post-Primary School Experiences of Transgender and Gender Diverse' Sexual Health News, . [Details]
2019 'Gender, Sexuality & Bullying Special Issue Editorial'
Ging, D. & Neary, A. (2019) 'Gender, Sexuality & Bullying Special Issue Editorial' International Journal of Bullying Prevention, 1 :227-230. [Details]
2018 'Exploring Gender Identity and Gender Norms in Primary Schools'
Neary, A. & Cross, C. (2018) 'Exploring Gender Identity and Gender Norms in Primary Schools' Sexual Health News, . [Details]
2012 'Same-sex Relationship Recognition and the Weight of Heteronormative Expectation'
Neary, A. (2012) 'Same-sex Relationship Recognition and the Weight of Heteronormative Expectation' Limerick Student Journal of Sociology, . [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2020 The Post-Primary School Experiences of Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth in Ireland.
McBride, R-S, Neary, A., Gray, B & Lacey, V. (2020) The Post-Primary School Experiences of Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth in Ireland. University of Limerick, Limerick. [Details]
2018 Exploring Gender Identity and Gender Norms in Primary Schools.
Neary, A. and Cross, C. (2018) Exploring Gender Identity and Gender Norms in Primary Schools. University of Limerick and Irish Research Council, Limerick. [DOI] [Details]
2017 Exploring Homophobia and Transphobia in Primary Schools in Ireland.
Neary, A., Irwin-Gowran, S. and McEvoy, E. (2017) Exploring Homophobia and Transphobia in Primary Schools in Ireland. University of Limerick and Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, Limerick. [ULIR Link] [Details]
2014 Unravelling 'Ethos' and Section 37(1): The Experiences of LGBTQ Teachers.
Neary, A. (2014) Unravelling 'Ethos' and Section 37(1): The Experiences of LGBTQ Teachers. . [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2013 New Foundations: School 'Ethos' and LGBT Sexualities
Neary, A. (2013) LGBT Teachers’ Negotiations of Irish Schools New Foundations: School 'Ethos' and LGBT Sexualities [ULIR Link] [Details]

Blog

  Year Publication
2019 LGBTQI+ Diversity Work in Teacher Education.
Neary, A. (2019) LGBTQI+ Diversity Work in Teacher Education. Blog [Details]

Thesis

  Year Publication
2014 Teachers and Civil Partnership in Ireland: Ambivalent Promises of Legitimacy.
Neary, A. (2014) Teachers and Civil Partnership in Ireland: Ambivalent Promises of Legitimacy. Thesis [DOI] [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2020 Enterprise Ireland ERC Proposal Preparation (PI) (€12442) Enterprise Ireland
2020 Junior Cycle Evaluation (One of 20 team members) (€284232) NCCA
2019 Government of Canada Insight Development Grant (Collaborator) (€33000) Government of Canada
2018 Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship (as Co-Supervisor) (€24000) Irish Research Council
2018 Researching and Advocating for Quality Education: Achieving Equality for Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth in Schools (as PI/Academic Mentor to Postdoctoral Fellow) (€174,018) CAROLINE Irish Research Council/Marie Curie Co-Fund
2018 Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship (as Co-Supervisor) (€24000) Irish Research Council
2017 Exploring Gender Identity and Gender Norms in Primary Schools (PI in Partnership with Transgender Equality Network of Ireland) (€19.902)) Irish Research Council New Foundations
2016 Faculty of Education and Health Sciences Early Career Researcher Seed Funding (€1000) Faculty of Education and Health Sciences
2015 New Foundations: Teacher Education for Gender and Sexuality Diversity (€9980) Irish Research Council
2015 UL Development Education Project (€6310 Joint Application) Ubuntu Network
2014 New Foundations Engaging Civic Society (€9,778) Irish Research Council
2014 National Seminar Series Award (€1,440) National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning
2012 New Foundations (€4816) Irish Research Council
2011 Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship 2011-2014 (€60,963) Irish Research Council

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
European Conference for Educational Research Member /
SPHE Educators Network Network Member /
Ubuntu Teacher Education Network Board Member /
Educational Studies Association of Ireland Irish Educational Studies Journal Peer Reviewer /
British Educational Research Association Sexualities SIG Peer Reviewer /
American Educational Research Association Queer Studies SIG Member /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
School of Education Research Committee Member /
Irish Sexualities and Genders Research Network Committee Member /
Faculty of EHS Equality & Diversity Committee Co-Chair /

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
University of Limerick Lecturer in Sociology of Education /
Department of Education and Skills Post-Primary Teacher 01-SEP-03 / 31-AUG-14

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2015 University of Limerick PhD Sociology
2010 University of Limerick Master of Arts Sociology: Gender, Culture & Society
2003 University of Limerick BSc PE and English 1.1

Consultancy

  Client Description
NCCA
Co-opted Member of National Council for Curriculum and Assessment Relationship and Sexuality Education (RSE) Post-Primary Development Group
Oireachtas Education Committee
Invited consultant to Government/Oireachtas Education Committee RSE Review

Outreach Activities

  Description

Other Activities

  Description

International Advisory Board Member for Stonewall Cymru's Inclusive RSE Guide for Schools

International Advisory Board of Queer Studies and Education book series (Palgrave Macmillan)

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests span the following areas: diversity, equality, power and privilege in schools and society; the intersections of gender, sexuality, social class, religion, race/ethnicity/nation and ability; cultural sociology; the sociology of emotion and affect; qualitative research methods.

Currently, I coordinate and teach two foundational studies modules with pre-service teachers: EN4025: Inclusive Education 1 and EN6183: Understanding Schools.


International Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country
Dr Emily Gray Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) Australia
Prof. Mary Lou Rasmussen Australian National University Australia