Researchers at UCD


Susannah Riordan

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of History
Newman Building
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168400


PhD (Cantab.)

Director of Tutorials, School of History and Archives. 




Association: Dictionary of Irish Biography, Function/Role: Member, Editorial Committee
Association: Irish Historical Society, Function/Role: Secretary

Conference Contributions

Susannah Riordan (2009) A suitably broadminded saint: the Westmorland Lock Hospital in the 20th century. [Invited Lecture], Centre for the History of medicine in Ireland seminar series, University College Dublin , 05-OCT-10 - 12-OCT-09.
Susannah Riordan (2010) Interest group politics, psychology and juvenile sexuality 1922-1935. [Invited Lecture], Adolescence in Modern Irish History, University College Dublin , 30-JAN-10 - 30-JAN-11.
Susannah Riordan and Catherine Cox (2010) [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Adolescence in Modern Irish History, University College Dublin , 30-JAN-11 - 30-JAN-10.
Susannah Riordan (2011) 'Unsophisticated young men and designing hussies': the 'age of consent' debate in the Irish Free State 1922-1935. [Invited Lecture], Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies, Queen's University Belfast , 10-FEB-11 - 10-FEB-11.
Susannah Riordan (2011) Equality and the Irish Revolution. [Chaired Session], Parnell Summer School, Avondale , 16-AUG-11 - 16-AUG-11.
Susannah Riordan (2012) Citizens and the State: Past, Present and Future. [Invited Lecture], Parnell Summer School, Avondale , 16-AUG-12 - 16-AUG-12.
Susannah Riordan (2014) Agencies. [Chaired Session], The meaning of poverty: a workshop, University College Dublin , 05-SEP-14 - 05-SEP-14.
Riordan, S; (2007) Parnell Summer School. [Chaired Session], Continuity and Change in Irish Culture, Society and Politics, Avondale, Co. Wicklow , 14-AUG-07 - 14-AUG-07.
Riordan, S; (2007) Contesting History. [Invited Oral Presentation], Contesting History, Trinity College Dublin , 19-FEB-07 - 19-FEB-07.
Riordan, S; (2006) Contesting History. [Invited Oral Presentation], Contesting History, Trinity College Dublin , 06-FEB-06 - 06-FEB-06.
Riordan, S.; (2006) Annual conference of the Society for the Social History of Medicine. [Chaired Session], 'Practices and Representations of Health: Historical Perspectives', University of Warwick , 28-JUN-06.
Riordan, S; (2006) Annual conference of the Economic and Social History Society of Ireland. [Chaired Session], Medicine, Science and Society in Ireland, Queen's University Belfast , 17-NOV-06.


Year 1996 Institution: University of Cambridge
Qualification: PhD Subject:



Book Chapters

Susannah Riordan (2015) ''Storm and Stress': Richard Devane, Adolescent Psychology and the Politics of Protective Legislation 1922-1935' In: Catherine Cox and Susannah Riordan (eds). Adolescence in Modern Irish History. Dublin: UCD Press. [Details]
Riordan, S (2012) 'A probable source of infection': the limitations of venereal disease policy 1943-1951' In: Margaret Preston and Margaret O hOgartaigh (eds). Gender and medicine in Ireland 1700-1950. New York: Syracuse University press. [Details]
Riordan, S. (2008) 'Popularising Spanish literature in 1930s Ireland: Aodh de Blácam and the Irish Monthly' In: Declan Downey and J. Crespo MacLennan (eds). Spanish-Irish relations through the ages. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]
Riordan, S.; (2000) ''The Unpopular Front': Catholic revival and Irish cultural identity 1932 ' 1948' In: Mike Cronin and John M. Regan (eds). Ireland: The politics of independence 1922 - 49. London & New York: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]

Edited Books

Diarmaid Ferriter and Susannah Riordan (Ed.). (2015) Years of Turbulence: The Irish Revolution and its Aftermath: In Honour of Michael Laffan. Dublin: UCD Press. [Details]
Catherine Cox and Susannah Riordan (Ed.). (2015) Adolescence in Modern Irish History. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Riordan, S. (2012) 'In search of a broadminded saint: the Westmorland Lock Hospital in the twentieth century'. Irish Economic and Social History, . [Details]
Riordan, S; (2011) ''A reasonable cause': the age of consent and the debate on gender and justice in the Irish Free State, 1922-35'. Irish Historical Studies, 37 :427-446. [Details]
Riordan, S; (2007) 'Venereal disease in the Irish Free State: the politics of public health'. Irish Historical Studies, 35 :345-364. [Details]
Riordan, S.; (2000) ''A Political Blackthorn': Séan MacEntee, the Dignan plan and the principle of ministerial responsibility'. Irish Economic and Social History, xxvii . [Details]

Other Journals

Riordan, Susannah; (2010) 'Challenging bad nuns: Ireland's Magdalen Laundries' The Irish Review . [Details]

Book Reviews

Riordan, S (2007) Founded on fear: Letterfrack Industrial School, war and exile. Book Reviews [Details]
Riordan, S (2009) Prostitution and Irish Society, 1800-1940. Book Reviews [Details]


Research Interests

Social, intellectual and religious history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain and Ireland, particularly social policy; sexuality in twentieth-century Ireland.

Research Projects:

Social History of Venereal Diseases in Independent Ireland
The 'Age of Consent' Debate in Independent Ireland

Research Projects

Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : 'No Returning Heroes:' The Catholic Church and the Northern Ireland Conflict, 1968-1981
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-13 / 30-SEP-15


Internal Collaborators

Associated Staff, Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland