Professor Judith Harford

Subject: History of Education

Department/Institution: University College Dublin, Ireland

Contact Details: judith.harford@ucd.ie


Judith Harford is Professor of Education and Deputy Head of the School of Education, University College Dublin. Her research area is history of education with a particular focus on gender and social class. Her books include The Opening of University Education to Women in Ireland (Irish Academic Press, 2008); Secondary School Education in Ireland: History, Memories and Life Stories, 1922-67 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015); A Cultural History of Education in the Modern Age (Bloomsbury, 2020) and Piety and Privilege: Catholic Secondary Schooling in Ireland and the Theocratic State, 1922-67 (Oxford University Press, 2021). She has served on several committees and working groups of the Irish state Department of Education and Skills and the Teaching Council of Ireland.

Professor Harford is a member of the Royal Irish Academy Social Sciences Committee, Public Interest Representative on the Law Society of Ireland Board of Examiners and a Fellow of the Geary Institute, UCD. She has acted as an international advisor to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Estonian Research Council. She is a Fellow of both the Royal Historical Society (London) and the Massachusetts Historical Society (USA), the Ireland Canada University Foundation Flaherty Visiting Professor, 2017-18 and a Fulbright Scholar in the Social Sciences, 2018-19. A Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge and a Life Member, Clare Hall, Cambridge, she has also held visiting scholar appointments at Boston College and the University of Toronto. She contributes regularly to the national press on educational issues and was VP for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the College of Social Sciences and Law, UCD in the period 2018-2021.