Pat O’Connor

Professor Emeritus Sociology and Social Policy, University of Limerick and Visiting Professor, Geary Institute, University College Dublin, Ireland

Pat O’Connor is an Irish sociologist and feminist. She is an internationally recognised expert on gender equality, with a particular focus on leadership, power and institutional resistance in higher education. An emeritus Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Limerick (UL), she is Visiting Professor at University College Dublin, Ireland. She was the first female full professor (1997) and Faculty Dean (2000) in UL and the first female professor of sociology in Ireland (1997). Her 120 publications include eight books, over 80 peer reviewed journal articles and 30 book chapters. She has held visiting professorships at London, Aveiro, Linkoping, Deakin and Melbourne. She is currently on the Advisory Boards on TARGET, CHANGE and RESET and is editor of Special Issues on Gender and Leadership (2018, 2020). Gender, Power and Higher Education in a Globalised World: Where to now? is her latest book (Palgrave Macmillan 2021)

Read more from Professor Pat O’Connor:

O’Connor, P. and White, K. (eds.) (2021) Gender, Power and Higher Education in a Globalised World, Palgrave Macmillan.

McCoy, S. Byrne, D. & O’Connor, P. (2021) ‘Gender stereotyping in mothers’ and teachers’ perceptions of boys’ and girls’ mathematics performance in Ireland’, Oxford Review of Education, DOI: 10.1080/03054985.2021.1987208

O’Connor, P. (2020) ‘Why is it so difficult to reduce gender inequality in male dominated Higher Education organisations? A Feminist Institutional Perspective’, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 45:2, 207-228. DOI: 10.1080/03080188.2020.1737903