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I have an honours degree in Soc Anthropology and Byzantine Studies, an MA in Translation Studies and a PhD in Soc. Anthropology and Byzantine Studies. My doctoral thesis dealt with the the relationships between Gadje and Roma in the Byzantine World with a comparison to the social imaginary in rural Greece today. I lecture in Soc Sciences in IT Sligo and teach Anthropology, Social Justice and the Arts, and International Relations. Prior to taking up my lectureship I worked for Donegal Travellers Project and as Project Manager for a EU PEACE intercultural programme, where I delivered over 100 projects, many of them arts based, such as process drama, visual art, music, narrative and literature. These projects included working with Roma and Irish Travellers. I am a member of the Gypsy Lore Society, EASA and SIEF, and I am Company Secretary on the Board of Management of Donegal Travellers Project. I have delivered papers at international conferences on my research, which includes Roma history between the 8th and 16th centuries, Traveller Participation and Health, creating positive relations between Travellers and Settled using the arts and the Common Third, the use of Process Drama for children with English as a second or further language, Mothering and Culture in Direct Provision and more.
I am committed to Social Justice and Interculturalism and Rights Based Approaches in my teaching and practice.