Mary P. Corcoran

Mary P. Corcoran is Professor of Sociology at Maynooth University.  A graduate of Trinity College Dublin and Columbia University, New York, her research interests lie primarily in the fields of urban sociology, public culture and the sociology of migration. The author of numerous scholarly articles and reports, Corcoran is the co-author with Perry Share and Brian Conway of A Sociology of Ireland (2012-fourth edition); co-editor with Kevin Lalor of Reflections on Crisis: the role of the public intellectual (2012); co author with Jane Gray and Michel Peillon of Suburban Affiliations: social relations in the Greater Dublin Area (2010); co-editor of Ireland of the Illusions (2010); Belongings: shaping identity in modern Ireland (2008); Uncertain Ireland (2006); Place and non-place (2004) and Ireland Unbound (2002). Corcoran's co-edited book (with Mark O'Brien), Censorship and the Democratic State, was published in 2005.  Her earlier book, Irish Illegals: Transients between Two Societies (1993) charted the experiences of undocumented Irish people in New York City during the 1980s. A Taoiseach's nominee to the National Economic and Social Forum, Corcoran has also served previously on the Senate of the NUI and on the Social Science Committee of the RIA. She is currently in her second term of office as a member of Maynooth University's Governing Authority. A member of the Local Community Development Committee, South Dublin County Council, Corcoran is also a member of the Board of the Childhood Development Initiative.