Mary Hickman

Contact Details

Email: mary.hickman@stmarys.ac.uk
Telephone: 020 8240 4347

Prof Mary Hickman's latest book, Women and Irish Diaspora Identities, co-edited with Jim MacPherson, was published in 2014 (Manchester University Press). The collection seeks, against the grain of most accounts of the Irish diaspora, to demonstrate the important role played by women in the construction of Irish diaspora identities. The chapters cover Britain, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.

Her previous book, Migration and Social Cohesion in the UK, was co-authored with Nick Mai and Helen Crowley (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). It argues that new immigrations do not cause new conflicts, rather they highlight pre-existing tensions and the inequalities that underpin them. It proposes a new definition of social cohesion that conceptualizes it as an individual and social ability to navigate or negotiate inequality and difference.

She has been a Visiting Professor at: New York University, Columbia University, the New School for Social Research, Victoria University, Melbourne, and University College Dublin.

Her other publications since 2008 include:

Journal Articles

  • Special section: 'Contemporary Irish Emigration', (co-editor with Louise Ryan), Irish Journal of Sociology No. 23: 69-148, November 2015.
  • 'Migration and Social Cohesion: appraising the resilience of place in London', (with Nicola Mai), Special issue of Population, Space and Place, 21 (5): 421-432, 2015.
  • 'Diaspora Spaces and National (Re)Formations', Eire-Ireland, Vol 47 (1) Spring/Summer 2012.
  • 'Constructing "Suspect" Communities: Irish and Muslim Communities in the British Press, 1974-2007', European Journal of Communication Studies, (with H Nickels, L Thomas and S Silvestri), Vol. 27(2), June 2012.
  • 'De/constructing "Suspect Communities": A Critical Discourse Analysis of British Newspaper Coverage of Irish Communities and Muslim Communities, 1974-2007', Journalism Studies (with L Thomas, H Nickels and S Silvestri), Vol.13 (3) June 2012.
  • 'Social Cohesion and the Notion of 'Suspect Communities': a study of the experiences and impacts of being 'suspect' for Irish communities and Muslim communities', Critical Studies on Terrorism, (with L Thomas, H Nickels and S Silvestri), Vol. 5 (1), May 2012.
  • 'Census Ethnic Categories and Second-generation Identities: a study of the Irish in England and Wales', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 37 (1) 2011.
  • 'New Labour and Community Cohesion in Britain 2011-2010', Translocations (PDF), 6 (2) (2010).
  • 'Migration, Postindustrialism and the Globalised Nation State: social capital and social cohesion re-examined' Ethnic and Racial Studies, (with Helen Crowley), 31(7): 1222-1244, 2008.


Chapters in Books and Other Publications

  • 'Diaspora Space: Celebrating St Patrick's Day in New York and London', in D Bryan and Johnathen Skinner (eds) Consuming St Patrick's Day, Cambridge Scholar's Press, 2015
  • 'Thinking about Ireland and the Irish Diaspora', in Tom Inglis (ed.) Are the Irish Different?, Manchester University , 2014
  • 'Reflecting on Gender, Generation and Ethnicity in celebrating St Patrick's Day in London', in J. McPherson and M.J. Hickman (eds), Women and Irish Diaspora Identities, Manchester University Press, 2014.
  • 'Past Migrations, Contemporary Representations and Complex Multicultures in London', in Glynn, I. and Kleist, O. (eds) History, Memory, Migration, London: Palgrave Macmillan 2012
  • ''Suspect Populations': Irish Communities, Muslim Communities and the British Criminal Justice System', in K. Sveinsson (ed.) Runnymede Perspective: Criminal Justice v. Racial Justice: Minority ethnic overrepresentation in the criminal justice system, London: Runnymede Trust (17 January 2012)
  • 'Re-Imagining Ireland, Irishness and the Irish Diaspora for the 21st century ', in P O Duibhir, R McDaid and A O'Shea (eds) All Changed? Culture and Identity in Contemporary Ireland, Dublin: Duras Press (2011)
  • 'Changing and Claiming Ethnic identities in the 1991 and 2001 Census ', ISET: Working Paper 20, London Metropolitan University (with R Moore), 2010
  • 'Labour and Cohesive Communities: A Reply to John Denham', Runnymede Trust Platform Papers, April 2010

Prof Mary Hickman is a member of the ESRC's Peer Review College, was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and made an Honorary Member of the British Association for Irish Studies in 2011.

She welcomes applications for supervision of research on: migrations and diaspora, the Irish in Britain and the USA, research on second generations, integration and social cohesion, religion and social cohesion, transnational/diasporic theory.