Primary Department
School of History and Geography
Work Area/Key Responsibilities
History & Geography
Phone number:
01 700
St Patrick's Campus
Room Number
SPD D311

Academic biography

Dr Leeann Lane has a PhD from Boston College, a research MA and a BA from UCC.

Her primary area of research is modern Irish history with a specialisation in nineteenth and twentieth-century gender and women's history. This work to date has focused on biographical studies of female activists in the area of suffrage and women involved in the Irish revolutionary period with a focus on those who adopted an anti-Treaty position in 1921. The manner in which women negotiated the limited opportunities available to women in an independent Ireland characterised by repressive legislation which limited the rights of women in the public sphere is core to the research.

Dr Lane is particularly interested in the issue of marital status in the independent Ireland, in particular the position of single heterosexual women in a society dominated by the ideology of separate spheres promoted by State and the Catholic church. 

Dr Lane is currently working on a biography of Mary MacSwiney. 

Dr Lane has also published in the area of the Irish cultural revival. 

In 2012 Dr Lane was appointed by the Taoiseach to the Expert Advisory Group on the Decade of Centenaries. 

Research interests

My research interests are in the area of nineteenth and twentieth-century gender and women's history.
I have a particular interest in Irish female biography with a focus on women who participated in the revolutionary period. Working the area of biography allows me to consider the later lives of women who worked to bring the independent Irish State into existence in 1922 and who, in many instances, experienced disillusionment with the manner in which full citizenship was denied to females.