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Burns Visiting Scholars


Margaret MacCurtain, OP (Academic Year 1992-1993)

​Margaret MacCurtain, a Dominican nun, was a Lecturer in Irish History at University College Dublin from 1964 until 1994. In addition to garnering praise for her academic career, she is regarded as an important human rights advocate and a pioneer of women’s history. MacCurtain has lectured extensively throughout North America, and recently presented  the sixth annual Irish Institute of New York lecture. During her tenure as Burns Visiting scholar, MacCurtain contributed to the chronicle of Irish Studies at Boston College by honoring the first curator of the Irish Collections, Helen Landreth, with a tribute to her legacy.




Photo by Gary Wayne Gilbert

Selected publications:

With Maureen Murphy. Ariadne’s Thread: Writing Women into Irish History. Dublin: Arlen House, 2008.

With Rosemary Raughter. Religious Women and their History: Breaking the Silence. Sallins, County Kildare: Irish Academic Press, 2005.

From Dublin to New Orleans: The Journey of Alice and Nora. Cork: Attic Press, 1994.

Women in Early Modern Ireland. London: Merlin Press, 1991.

With Donncha O’Corrain. Women in Irish Society: The Historical Dimension. Santa Barbara: Praeger, 1978.

Tudor and Stuart Ireland. Irish Book Center, 1972.