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.
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.
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.
Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals
Mac an Ghaill, M. and Haywood, C. (2011) ‘Nothing to write home about’: Troubling concepts of
home, racialization and self in theories of Irish male (e)migration, Cultural Sociology. 5 (3).
Mac an Ghaill, M. and Haywood, C. (in press) ‘Understanding Boys: Thinking through boys,
masculinity and suicide’, Social Science and Medicine.
Mac an Ghaill, M. and Haywood, C. (in press) ‘Schooling, masculinity and class analysis: Toward an
aesthetic of subjectivities’ (2011) International Studies in Sociology of Education.
Mac an Ghaill, M. (2010) ‘Educating for Political Activity: A Younger Generational Response’ (2010)
Educational Review, 62 (4): pp.1-12.
Popoviciu, L., Haywood, C. and Mac an Ghaill, M. (2007) ‘Feminization and schooling: remasculinization,
gendered reflexivity and boyness’ Irish Journal of Sociology, 14 (2) pp. 193-212.
Popoviciu, L., Haywood, C. and Mac an Ghaill, M. (2006) ‘The Promise of Post-structuralist
Methodology: Ethnographic Representation of Education and Masculinity’,Ethnography and
Education, 1 (3): pp. 393-412.
Popoviciu, L., Haywood, C. and Mac an Ghaill, (2006) ‘Migrating masculinities: The Irish diaspora in
Britain’, (2006) Irish Studies Review, (14) 2: pp. 169-87.
Mac an Ghaill, M and Haywood, C. (2003)‘Young (male) Irelanders: Postcolonial ethnicities –
expanding the nation and the Irish’, European Journal of Cultural Studies, 6 (3): pp. 386-403.
Redman, P., Kehily, M.J., Epstein, D. and Mac an Ghaill, M (2002) ‘Boys bonding: Same-sex
friendship, the unconscious and heterosexual discourse’. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics
of Education. Special Issue: Retheorizing Friendship in Educational Settings. 23 (3): pp. 179-91.
Mac an Ghaill, M. (2002) ‘Beyond a black-white dualism: racialization and racism in the Republic of
Ireland and the Irish diaspora experience’, Irish Journal of Sociology, 3 (2,): pp. 99-122.
Kehily, M.J., Epstein, D., Redman, P. and Mac an Ghaill, M. (2002) ‘Private girls and public worlds:
producing femininities in primary school’, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education.
Special Issue: Retheorizing Friendship in Educational Settings, 23 (3), pp. 167-77.
Haywood, C. and Mac an Ghaill, M. (2002) ‘A Man of the World: Emerging Representations of
Global Genders’ http://www.keele.ac.uk/depts/ed/events/conf-pdf/cPaperMacAnGhaill.pdf.
Mac an Ghaill, M. (2001) ‘British Critical Theorists: The production of the conceptual invisibility of
the Irish diaspora’, Social Identities,.7 (2) pp.179-202.
Kehily, M.J., Epstein, D., Redman, P. and Mac an Ghaill, M. (2001) ‘Boys and girls come out to play:
Making masculinities and femininities in primary playgrounds’, Men and Masculinities. Special
Edition Discipling and Punishing Masculinities. 4, (2), pp. 158-172.
Mac an Ghaill, M. (2001) ‘The cultural production of English (school) masculinities in late
modernity’, Revue Canadienne de L’education, 25 (2): pp. 88-101.
Mac an Ghaill, M. (2000) ‘Rethinking (male) gendered sexualities in education: What about the
British Heteros?’, The Journal of Men’s Studies, 8 (2): pp. 195-212.
Mac an Ghaill, M. (2000) ‘‘New’ cultures of training: emerging male (hetero)sexual identities’,
British Education Research Journal, 25 (4,): pp. 427-43.
Mac an Ghaill, M. (2000) ‘The Irish in Britain: the invisibility of the ethnicity and anti-Irish racism,’
(1999) Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 26 (1): pp.137-147.
Haywood, C. and Mac an Ghaill, M. (forthcoming) Education and Masculinities: Social, Cultural and
Global Transformations. London: Routledge.
Mac an Ghaill, M. and Haywood, C. (2007) Gender, Culture and Society. London: Macmillan.
Haywood, C. and Mac an Ghaill, M. (2003) Men and Masculinities: Theory, Research and Social
Practice. Buckingham: Open University Press.
Mac an Ghaill, M., J. Hanafin and P. Conway (2002) Gender Politics and Exploring Masculinities in
Irish Education. Dublin: NCCA.
Mac an Ghaill, M. (1999) Contemporary Racisms and Ethnicities: Social and Cultural
Transformations. Buckingham: Open University Press.
Mac an Ghaill, M. (1994) The Making of Men: Schooling, Masculinities and Sexualities. Buckingham:
Open University Press.
Mac an Ghaill, M. (1992) Young, Gifted and Black: The Schooling of Black Youth. Buckingham: open
Arnot, M. and Mac an Ghaill, M. (2006) Gender and Education: A Reader. London:
Brah, A., Hickman, M.J. and Mac an Ghaill, M. (1999) Thinking Identities: Ethnicity, Racism and
Culture. London: Macmillan
Brah, A., Hickman, M.J. and Mac an Ghaill, M. (1999) Global Futures: Migration, Environment and
Globalisation. London: Macmillan.
Chapters in Books
Haywood, C. and Mac an Ghaill, M. (in press) ‘The queer in masculinity’: Schooling, boys and
identity formations. In N. Rodriguez, (ed) Queer Masculinities. NewYork: Peter Lang.
Haywood, C. and Mac an Ghaill, M. (2011) Postmodern Sexualities. In S. Sim (ed.) Companion to
Postmodernism (3rd Edition). London: Routledge.
Mac an Ghaill, M. (2010) Beyond the white norm: the use of qualitative methods in the study of
black youths’ schooling in England. In H. Torrance (ed.) Qualitative Research Methods in
Education. London: Sage (Reprinted).
Haywood, C. and Mac an Ghaill, M. (2007) Boys’ schooling: English practices and perspectives. In
K. Davidson and F. Blye (eds) Masculinities, Nationalisms and Schooling: International Perspectives.
Mac an Ghaill, M. and Haywood, C. (2007) ‘Heterosexism and homophobia in the hidden
curriculum’ (2007) in B.B. Banks (ed.) Gender and Education: An Encyclopaedia. New York:
Mac an Ghaill, M. and Haywood, C. (2007) ‘Masculinity, homophobia, and teaching,’ (2007) in B.B.
Banks (ed.) Gender and Education: An Encyclopaedia. New York: Greenwood Press.
Haywood, C. And Mac an Ghaill, M. (2006) Knowing sexualities: epistemologies of research. In D.
Hobbs and R. Wright (eds.) Qualitative Fieldwork. London: Sage.
Haywood, C. and Mac an Ghaill, M. (2006) Education and gender identity: seeking frameworks of
understanding’. In Arnot, M. Mac an Ghaill, M The RoutledgeFalmer Reader in Gender and
Education London: RoutledgeFalmer.
Mac an Ghaill, M. and Arnot, M. (2006) (Re)conceptualising gender studies in education: schooling
in late modernity. In Arnot, M. Mac an Ghaill, M The RoutledgeFalmer Reader in Gender and
Education London: RoutledgeFalmer.
Haywood, C. And Mac an Ghaill, C. (2005) ‘Blair’s Men: situating dissident masculinities in Labour’s
“new moral” economy’, R. Johnson and D.L. Steinberg (eds) Labour’s Passive Revolution: The
Culture and Politics of Blairism. London: Lawrence and Wishart.
Popoviciu, L. and Mac an Ghaill, M. (2004) ‘Racisms, ethnicities and British nation-making’ (2004) in
F. Devine and M. C. Walters (eds.) Social Identities in Comparative Perspective. London: Blackwell.
Mac an Ghaill, M. (2003) ‘Coming of Age in England: Black young men’s schooling experiences’,
(2003) in Ervo, S. and Johansson, T. (eds.) Bending Bodies: Moulding Masculinities, Volume 2.
Mac an Ghaill, M. (2002) ‘New times in an old country: emerging identities and (hetero) sexual
discontents’, in N. Lesko (ed) Masculinities at School. New York: Routledge.
Haywood, C. and Mac an Ghaill, M. (2001) ‘The significance of teaching boys’, (2001) in W.
Martino and B. Meyenn (eds.) What about the Boys?: Issues of Maculinity in Schools. Buckingham:
Open University Press (with Chris Haywood).
Mac an Ghaill, M. (2000) ‘What about the lads? – Emigrants, immigrants, ethnics and transnationals
in late 1990s diaspora’, in R. Lentin (ed.) Emerging Irish Identities, Dublin: Trinity College
Dublin/The National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism.
Mac an Ghaill, M. (2000) ‘Sociology of education, state schooling and social class: Beyond critiques
of the New Right hegemony’ in S. J. Ball (ed.) The Sociology of Education: Major Debates.
Haywood, C. and Mac an Ghaill, M. (2000) ‘Pedagogy and curriculum in English schools’. In F. Bly
and K. Davidson (eds.) Schooling and Culture: International Perspectives. Toronto: BCP.
Mac an Ghaill, M. (2000) ‘Schooling, masculine identities and culture’, in Prosser, J. (ed.) School
Culture. London: Chapman.
Brah, A. and Hickman, M. J. and Macan Ghaill, M. ‘Globalisation: Whither the global?’ (1999) in A.
Brah, M. J. Hickman and M. Mac an Ghaill (eds) Future Worlds: Migration and Globalization.
London: Macmillan Press.
Brah, A. and Hickman, M. J. and Macan Ghaill, M. ‘Changing identities, racisms and culture’ (1999)
in A. Brah, M. J. Hickman and M. Mac an Ghaill (eds) Thinking Identities; Ethnicity, Racism and
Culture. London: Macmillan Press.
Haywood, C. and Mac an Ghaill(2006) Young Bangladeshi People’s Experience of Transition to
Adulthood. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Williams, I., Mac an Ghaill, M., and Dunne, M. (1998) The Economic Needs of the Irish Community
in Birmingham. Birmingham: Birmingham City Council.
Williams, I. and Mac an Ghaill,M. (1999) The Health Needs of Older Irish Men in England
Birmingham: Birmingham Community Forum.
Non-refereed Journal Articles
Haywood, C. and Mac an Ghaill, M. (2006) Contribution to Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (edited by B. Turner).
Mac an Ghaill, M. and Sean Campbell (2004) ‘Dancing at the crossroads: Immigration and popular
music in Ireland and abroad’, Asyland, Dublin: Irish Refugee Council. Summer.
Mac an Ghaill, M. (2003) ‘From Paddy the proletarian to Paddy the icon of cool: A British view’,
Asyland, Dublin: Irish Refugee Council. Spring.
Anne-Tiril Farestveit, Title: Child Asylum Seekers in Norway. (completed) – 1st supervisor
Kei Okada, Title: Social Bonds and Desire in and out of football. (completed) – 1st supervisor
John Lowe, Title: How does Biculturalism in New Zealand differ from Multiculturalism in the UK?
(completed) – 1st supervisor
Po-Wei Chen, Title: The Making of Taiwanese Young Men. (completed) – 1st supervisor
Xiaodong Lin, Title: Rural Men in Urban China: Masculinities and identity formation of male.
(completed) – 1st supervisor
Recent PhD/EdD external examinations: Sean Morrissey ‘Dancing around masculinity? Young men
negotiating risk in the context of dance education’, University of Aberdeen, August, 2009; Karl
Kitching ‘Justifying School and the Self: Race, recognition and viability in education in Ireland’
Institute of Education, University of London, March 2010; Xingkui Zhang ‘Studies of Men and
Masculinities in Contemporary China’, Faculty of Education and Social Policy, University of Sydney,
Australia (April 2010); Orla McCormack ‘Contemporary Schooling and Masculinities’, Department of
Education, University of Limerick, Ireland (May 2010); David Ralph ‘Irish-born Return Migrants:
ideas of home’, University of Edinburgh (July 2010); Josephine Dundas ‘Boys in Languages Classes’,
the University of West Australia (September 2010).
Selection of Conference Addresses and Papers
Mac an Ghaill, M. (2010) ‘Whatever happened to the ‘lads’? University of Cardiff, December
Haywood, C. and Mac an Ghaill, M. (2009) ‘Understanding boys’ cultures’, Beyond Borders: Masculinities and Margins Conference, McGill and Concordia Universities, Montreal, April.
Mac an Ghaill, M. (2009) ‘Towards a sociology of Irish male diaspora’, (2009) Sociological
Association of Ireland, University of Waterford, May.
Mac an Ghaill, M. (2008) ‘Irish male diaspora: representation, culture and the politics of difference’,
Sociological Association of Ireland, University of Galway, May.
Haywood, C. and Mac an Ghaill, M. (2007) ‘South Asian Masculinities’, International Centre for
Ethnic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka, August.
Mac an Ghaill. M/ (2007) ‘Migrating Masculinities: The Irish diaspora in Britain’, London
Metropolitan University, October.
Mac an Ghaill, M. (2007) ‘Racialized ethnicities: the production of academic knowledge’, Universitas
21, University College Dublin, August.
Mac an Ghaill, M.; Lin, X. and Chen, P-W. (2007) ‘(Inter)national men and masculinities: In search of frames of meaning, University of Limerick, Ireland, May