Prof. Mairtin Mac an Ghaill


Professor Mac an Ghaill previously held academic positions at the universities of Sheffield, Newcastle and Birmingham. He is an academic referee for a number of funding bodies and sits on editorial boards for both national and international journals. He has been successful in gaining funded research grants, including from the ESRC, Joseph Rowntree Trust, Birmingham City Council, Leverhulme and the National Council, Ireland. He has also been external examiner for a number of postgraduate theses in Education and Sociology Departments, nationally and internationally, including Australia, Canada and Ireland.

Research Interests

Professor Mac an Ghaill has expertise in the areas of educational and social inequalities, ethnicity, racism and cultural belonging, the sociology of masculinity, and the Irish diaspora in Britain. He has a particular methodological interest in critical ethnography. He welcomes postgraduate students with an interest in these areas.


Professor Mac an Ghaill has a long standing record of successful teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has taught and supervised PhD and EdD students. He lectures on modules across the disciplines of sociology, cultural studies and education, including qualitative research methodologies, and the sociology of youth.

Administrative Responsibilities

Professor Mairtin Mac an Ghaill has been appointed to the post of Professor of Multi-Professional Education. He is responsible for establishing a specialist centre for research into this area, bringing together professionals from different disciplines to carry out collaborative research that informs debates/policy around a range of social issues.

Membership of Professional Organisations

  • British Education Research Association
  • Australian Association for Research in Education

Member of editorial board of: Qualitative Research, Ethnography, Race, Ethnicity and Education, Irish Journal of Sociology and Irish Migration, Race and Social Transformation Review; Thymos: The Journal of Boyhood Studies.

Publications, Conferences, and Other Research Activity

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Last updated: 01 July 2011

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