Marisa McGlinchey


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    Dr Marisa McGlinchey is an Assistant Professor in Political Science. She joined Coventry University as a Research Fellow in 2012 after having completed a PhD in Irish Politics at Queen’s University Belfast. Her thesis examined the decline of the Social Democratic and Labour party in the post-Good Friday Agreement period. Dr McGlinchey currently holds a book contract with MUP to publish her thesis. Prior to her PhD Marisa received a Masters with Merit in Irish Politics from Queen’s University. Her thesis examined the on-the-runs legislation in the North of Ireland.

    In 2012 Dr McGlinchey was selected as one of ten people from Ireland to undertake the Women in the Workplace programme which is certificated by the Irish Institute at Boston College, USA. Between 2009 and 2012 Dr McGlinchey taught in the Politics Department of Queen’s University on several courses including Irish Politics, UK devolution and Politics in a media culture. Dr McGlinchey has undertaken extensive field research in Ireland, the Basque country and Israel-Palestine and has presented her work widely at academic conferences and summer-schools. She is a member of the Political Studies Assocation and the Political Studies Association of Ireland. 

    Dr McGlinchey is the author of a book titled Unfinished Business; the politics of 'dissident' Irish republicanism, published in January 2019 by Manchester University Press. Marisa has contributed extensively to media coverage of 'dissident' republicanism- TV coverage includes BBC news, sky news, UTV, Good Morning Britain, Deutsche Welle, Al Jazeera and BBC Spotlight. Marisa's radio coverage includes- BBC Radio 4, RTE, BBC Radio Foyle, Radio Wales and BBC Five Live. She has also written for the Irish Times and the Belfast Telegraph and her work has been covered extensively in print media.



    Area of Expertise:


    Irish Republicanism, Irish nationalism, Basque political mobilisation

    Research Interests

    Irish Politics; Basque Politics; Israel-Palestine

    Vision Statement

    I am a political scientist interested in social and political mobilisation. My work aims to achieve an understanding of on-the-ground mobilisation in Ireland, the Basque country and Palestine. In academia these issues are often presented through a security orientated lens. In contrast, my work seeks to illuminate the motivations and aspirations of political activists through on-the-ground research. The peace-process in the state of Northern Ireland has been sold world-wide as a ‘model peace-process’. My work on Irish republicanism and so-called ‘dissident’ republicanism throughout Ireland seeks to illuminate the unresolved issues of this process and the imperfect nature of this peace.

    External positions

    Vice-President of the Political Studies Association of Ireland, Political Studies Association of Ireland

    1 Nov 201920 Oct 2022

    Elected member of the Executive Committee of the Political Studies Association of Ireland

    19 Oct 2019Oct 2022


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