School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health
Academic Staff - Sociology/Anthropology, International Convenor
Phone number: 01 700
Dr Tanya M. Cassidy is a social scientist with specialisms in social anthropology, cultural sociology, and socio-cultural psychology, whose work has concentrated on health related issues. Her current research focuses on the global story of maternal generosity – the donation of human milk – a topic which Tanya has studied within Europe with a prestigious EU Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie Award (MSCA). Most recently she has been given a Fulbright-HRB Health Impact award to travel to the Department of Anthropology at MIT where she will conduct a study of mothers (many of whom were both Irish and Canadian immigrants) who donated to one of the first donor human milk services in the world which was located in Boston in 1910. She will use archival materials and personal historical data, along with contemporary interviews, to tell the stories of the mothers who donated the milk, and whenever possible, the stories of the mothers and their families that received the milk.