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School of Human Development
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Audrey Bryan _001
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Academic biography

Roles and Affiliations

I am an Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of Human Development, DCU, where I teach courses across the range of programme offerings on the Humanities (Human Development) and Education programmes.  Prior to joining DCU, I taught at Teachers College, Columbia University, University College Dublin, and have also taught at SciencesPo University in Paris, as a Visiting Professor. I hold a PhD in Comparative Education/Sociology from Columbia University, New York, as well as Masters Degrees in Sociology (MSc. in Applied Social Research) from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the Sociology of Education (EdM) from Teachers College, Columbia University. My undergraduate degree was in (Single Honours) Psychology from University College Dublin (UCD). 

From  2016-2021, I served as Research Convener in the School of Human Development and  served as a member of the DCU Research Ethics Committee from 2016-2022.   In 2021, I was elected to serve as a board member of  the DCU Governing Authority, the body charged with the overall Governance of the University.

I assumed the role of General Editor of Irish Educational Studies in January 2024 and previously served as Co-Editor from 2019-2023.  I also serve as a member of the Executive Committee of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI).  I have previously served on the Editorial Noard of the journal Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review. I also serve on the steering committees of the Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education, DCU and the UBUNTU Network for Sustainable Development and am an affiliate member of the DCU Anti-Bullying Centre and the Educational Disadvantage Centre, also at DCU.


Research interests

Social Stratification; Families and Schooling; Bullying and Anti-Bullying; Emotions and Education; Critical Global Citizenship Education; Climate Change Education; Race, Ethnicity and Education; Childhoods in Global Contexts; Gender, Sexuality and Schooling; Global Educational Governance; Comparative-International Education.