Dr. Mary Rogan
Dr. Mary Rogan holds a Bachelor of Civil Law from the University of Oxford and a PhD from Trinity College, Dublin. She is a barrister and holds postgraduate qualifications in Higher Education, and Statistics.
She is the author of Prison Policy in Ireland: Politics, Penal-Welfarism and Political Imprisonment, published by Routledge, which represents the first history of Irish prison policy.
Mary is a Lecturer in Socio-Legal Studies at Dublin Institute of Technology having previously lectured at Trinity College, Dublin. She developed and lectures on the Prison Policy module of the School's MA in Criminology and the community-based learning module 'Law and Society' in the Department of Law. In 2012, Mary received the Teaching Excellence Award for the College of Arts and Tourism.
Mary is the Chairperson of the Irish Penal Reform Trust and co-convenor of the Cultural and Legal Lives of Punishment Network of the Law and Society Association. She is also a member of the Board of the Irish Association for the Social Integration of Offenders.
Mary's research interests span prison policy, prisoners' rights, the policy-making process, and the politics of punishment. She has recently completed an Irish Research Council funded project with the Irish Penal Refrom Trust which involved the production of resources for prisoners, their families, policy-makers, and legal professionals on prison law and prisoners' rights. This project reflects her passion for the use of research for the benefit of communities and in the improvement of public policy. Her work has also featured in Public Law, The Modern Law Review, The Prison Journal, The Dublin University Law Journal, and The Irish Probation Journal.
LLB: Trinity College Dublin (First Class Honours)
BCL: University College, University of Oxford.
PhD: Trinity College Dublin, on the topic: "Prison Policy in Ireland 1922 - 1972: Subversion, Stagnation and Social Change".
Barrister-at-Law: The Honorable Society of King's Inns.
MA (Higher Education): Dublin Institute of Technology entitled: "The role of values and a desire for social justice in the decision to study law".
PGDip Statistics: Trinity College Dublin.
Mary's research interests include the prison policy-making process, penal history, penal reform, the politics of punishment, prison law, and prisoners' rights. She is also interested in community-based research as well as legal and criminological education.
Prison Policy in Ireland: Politics, penal-welfarism and political imprisonment (Routledge, 2011). Photos from the launch in Kilmainham Gaol here. Nominated for the IALT Kevin Boyle Book Prize 2012. See reviews here and here.
"The Penal System in Ireland" in Ruggiero and Ryan, eds. Penal Systems in Europe (forthcoming).
Articles and Reviews
"Prison policy in times of austerity" Prison Service Journal (forthcoming).
"Improving Criminal Justice Data and Policy" (2012) Economic and Social Review.
"Prisoners' rights and the separation of powers: comparing approaches in Ireland, Scotland and England and Wales" (2012) Public Law.
"Brown, Governor of California et al v. Plata et al" (2012) Modern Law Review.
"Dealing with Overcrowding in Prisons: Contrasting Judicial Approaches from the USA and Ireland" (2012) The Irish Jurist.
"The innocence rights of sentenced offenders" (2011, Irish Journal of Legal Studies).
"Yes (or no) Minister: the importance of the Minister-senior civil servant dyad in the Irish prison policy" (2011, The Prison Journal).
"Book Review: Day et al, Transitions to Better Lives" (2011) International Criminal Justice Review.
"Book Review: Crewe, B. The Prisoner Society: Power Adaptation and Social Life in an English Prison" (2010, International Criminal Justice Review).
"Book Review: Tonry, M. Thinking about Punishment" (2010, International Criminal Law Review).
"Charles Haughey, the Department of Justice and Irish Prison Policy during the 1960s" (2010) 57(3) Administration.
"Prison Policy in Ireland: a historical overview" (2009) Prison Service Journal.
"Visiting Committees and accountability in the Irish prison system: some proposals for reform" (2009) Dublin University Law Journal.
"The Prison Rules 1947: Political Imprisonment, Politics and Legislative Change in Ireland" (2008) The Irish Jurist
"Extending the Reach of the State into the post-sentence period: section 26 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007" (2008) 15(1) Dublin University Law Journal.
These reports were published in collaboration with the Irish Penal Reform Trust and funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Selected Papers Delivered
"Community-based learning and prison research", NUI Galway, Clinical Legal Education Conference, April 2013.
"A history of the imprisonment of women in Ireland and contemporary human rights standards", DePaul Ireland, International Women's Day Seminar, March 2013 (invited).
"Legal writing for social change", King's Inns Student Law Review Authors' Night, March 2013 (invited).
"A history of prison policy", lecture at the Down County Gaol and Museum, Downpatrick, Co. Down, October 2012 (invited).
"The exclusionary effects of imprisonment" Social Exclusion and the Law conference, Griffith College Dublin, 2012 (invited).
"Prison Policy in Ireland: Rehabilitation, Reform, and Research" Martin Tansey Memorial Lecture, Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development, 2012 (invited).
"The Politics of Penal-Welfarism", European Society of Criminology, Vilnius, Lithuania, September 2011.
"What drives penal policy in Ireland?" Plenary Session on: "What drives penal policy across Europe?" European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control", Chambéry, France. September 2011 (invited).
"The influence of economics on penal policy: the case of Ireland", British Society of Criminology Conference, Newcastle, UK, July 2011.
"Students learning with communities: possibilities for partnerships" REAP Conference, Waterford Institute of Technology, February 2011 (invited).
"Trends in the prison population" IPRT Open Forum June 2010.
"Penal-welfarism and its progress in Ireland" European Society of Criminology Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 2009.
"Prison Policy in Ireland in the first fifty years after Independence: Subversion, Stagnation and Social Change" British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Cardiff, June 2009.
"How is penal policy made in Ireland? Yes (or no) Minister" 5th Annual Irish Criminology Conference, UCD, June 2009.
"Law Students Learning with Communities at Dublin Institute of Technology" (poster presentation) CELT Conference, NUI Galway, June 2009
"The potential of wikis to facilitate peer learning: Exploring the experiences of MA Criminology students at Dublin Institute of Technology" Learning and Teaching Conference in Applied Social Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, April 2009
Mary has delivered guest lectures at Trinity College, Dublin, Queen's University, Belfast, Limerick Institute of Technology, University of Limerick, and Sligo Institute of Technology.
Honours, Awards and Grants
Teaching Excellence Award, Dublin Institute of Technology (2012).
James Murnaghan Memorial Prize, Honorable Society of King's Inns (2010).
Simms' prize for the best performance in the Crime, Justice and Penal System examination, BCL, University of Oxford (2004).
Employment-based PhD programme (Kate O'Hara), Irish Research Council (2012).
Irish Research Council PhD scholarship (Colette Barry) (2012).
"Talking about Punishment: Increasing understanding of prisoners' rights and how those rights may be vindicated" (Funded under the IRCHSS RDI Scheme 2010-2012). This project involved the creation of materials for prisoners, their families, and legal practitioners, on the rights of those in prison, as well as seminars within prisons, with community organisations, and for lawyers.
"Law in Society: Law Students Learning with Communities", funded by Students Learning with Communities, DIT.
Teaching and Supervision
LL.B/PGDip: Criminology; Jurisprudence; Law and Society
MA Criminology: Prison Policy; Criminal Justice Policy-Making
Kate O'Hara: Community Service Orders versus short custodial sentences: examining risk, recidivism and need. Funded by the Irish Research Council under the Employment Based PhD programme, with the Irish Penal Reform Trust.
Colette Barry: The impact of deaths in prison on prison staff (with Dr. Kevin Lalor). Funded by the Irish Research Council.
Martin Quigley: The policy-making process and post-release orders (with Dr. Kevin Lalor).
Inquiries from prospective students are welcome.
Mary supervises MA dissertations in Law, Criminology, and Higher Education.
Letterkenny Institute of Technology (2010 - 2012): LLB.
Sligo Institute of Technology (2011 - ): HCert Custodial Care.