Dr. Aoife Neary

Dr. Aoife Neary
Lecturer In Sociology Of Education
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Aoife Neary

Lecturer PhD, MA

 
researcher

Biography

  Dr Aoife Neary joined the School of Education in September 2014 as Lecturer in Sociology of Education. Aoife was a teacher of Physical Education and English between 2003 and 2011.  She has an MA in Gender, Culture & Society and a PhD in Sociology. She held an Irish Research Council (IRC) Government of Ireland Doctoral Scholar award from 2011 until 2014 and was an IRC New Foundations Awardee in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Drawing on feminist, queer and affect theory, her work explores the politics of gender and sexuality as they are lived, constructed and configured in schools and society. So far, her work is published in the following journals: British Journal of Sociology of Education; Gender and Education; Sexualities; Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education and forthcoming in Irish Educational Studies. Her recent book entitled LGBT-Q Teachers, Civil Partnership and Same-sex Marriage: The Ambivalences of Legitimacy is published with Routledge.                                     

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

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 '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]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
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] [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]
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]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
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]

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]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
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]

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
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 /
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 Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team Member /

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

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 EN6153: Understanding Schools.