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Margot Gayle Backus is Associate Professor of English at the University of Houston, where she teaches Irish literature and literary modernism. She has published articles in journals including Signs, Cultural Critique, American Imago, and Interventions. Her study The Gothic Family Romance: Heterosexuality, Child Sacrifice and the Anglo-Irish Colonial Order (Durham, 1999) won the 2001 American Conference for Irish Studies' prize for an outstanding first book. She was the Irish American Cultural Institute's 2007–2008 Research Fellow at the National University of Ireland–Galway and is writing a book on James Joyce and the political sex scandal.

Virginia Crossman is Reader in History at Oxford Brookes University. She is currently directing an Economic and Social Research Council–funded project on the administration of the Irish poor law. She has written extensively on the history of government and administration in Ireland. Her most recent book is Politics, Pauperism and Power in Late Nineteenth-Century Ireland (Manchester, 2006).

Mary E. Daly is Professor of Irish History and Principal of the University College Dublin College of Arts and Celtic Studies. Her major research interests are social and economic history, demography, the Irish diaspora, women, history of medicine, and the state. Recent publications include The Slow Failure: Population Decline and Independent Ireland (Madison, WI, 2006), a Choice Outstanding [End Page 293] Academic Title 2006, and Commemorating 1916 in 1966: The Golden Jubilee of the Easter Rising, coedited with Margaret O'Callaghan (Dublin, 2007).

Robbie Gilligan is Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin. He is Head of the School of Social Work and Social Policy and Associate Director of the Children's Research Centre at Trinity College Dublin. He is widely published, with a large number of monographs and reports, edited collections, and peer-reviewed articles, including, "Adversity, Resilience and the Educational Progress of Young People in Public Care" (2007), Promoting Resilience—A Resource Guide on Working with Children in the Care System (Dublin, 2001), Irish Child Care Services—Policy Practice and Provision (Dublin, 1991), and, as coeditor, Surviving Childhood Adversity—Issues for Policy and Practice (Dublin, 1993).

Leeann Lane is head of Irish Studies in Mater Dei Institute of Education (a college of Dublin City University). She received her B.A. and M.A. from University College Cork and her Ph.D. in history from Boston College. She has published articles on the nineteenth-century cultural revival, with particular emphasis on George Russell. She has just completed a biography of the writer and activist Rosamond Jacob (1888–1960), and in 2007 Dr. Lane was the summer scholar in Irish Studies at Boston College.

Maria Luddy is Professor of Modern Irish History at the University of Warwick. She has written extensively on the history of outcast groups in Irish society. Her most recent book is Prostitution and Irish Society, 1800–1940 (Cambridge, 2007).

Kelly J.S. McGovern is a doctoral candidate in the English Department at the University of Maryland, where she was awarded a Certificate in Critical Theory in 2007. She earned an M.A. in English with a concentration in Irish literature and culture at Boston College in 2004. McGovern currently serves as the graduate student representative on the executive committee of the American Conference for Irish Studies and has published articles on the novels of Molly Keane and Column McCann. Her dissertation examines representations [End Page 294] of adolescent embodiment in twentieth-century and contemporary Irish developmental narratives.

Ríona Nic Congáil is a lecturer in Modern Irish at Saint Patrick's College, Drumcondra, specializing in revivalist women's literature and children's literature. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in the School of Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore, and Linguistics at University College Dublin. She has published two books for children in Irish: An Túr Solais (Baile Átha Cliath, 2004), which won the Oireachtas prize for children's literature in the year of its publication, and An Leabhar Órga (Baile Átha Cliath, 2006). She founded Cumann Scríbhneoirí Úra na Gaeilge (the Irish-Language New Writers' Association) in 2007 to help nurture and develop the literary pursuits of emerging writers.

Dathalinn M. O'Dea is a Ph.D. candidate in English...


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