Academic and professional qualifications
BCL (Hons), University College Dublin (1990)
Irish qualified solicitor (1994)
Doctor of Philosophy, Maynooth University (2015)
Solicitor at M J O’Connor & Company, Wexford (1998 – 2001)
Solicitor at Mary Cowhey & Company, Maynooth (2003 – 2010)
Lecturer, Contract Law and Company Law, Maynooth University (2013 – 2014)
Adjudicator at Private Residential Tenancies Board (2014 - 2018)
Lecturer, Land Law, Equity, Constitutional Law, Athlone Institute of Technology (2014)
Director, North Kildare Citizens Information Service Limited (2004 – 2016)
Assistant Lecturer, Dublin Institute of Technology (2015-2016)
Assistant Head of School of Languages, Law & Social Sciences, TU Dublin (2016- present)
President, Irish Association of Law Teachers (2019)
Michel Foucault and post-structuralist legal theory; feminist legal theory; social policy and social law (personal taxation, social welfare, family law, housing law and policy etc); law and social government.
Deirdre McGowan, 'The Gendered Properties of Marriage Law' in Peter Dunne and Lynsay Black (eds), 'Law and Gender in Modern Ireland: Critique and Reform (Bloomsbury 2019)
Deirdre McGowan, 'Reframing the mediation debate in Irish all-issues divorce disputes: from mediation vs. litigation to mediation and litigation' (2018) 40 (2) Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. A pre-publication version is available here: https://arrow.dit.ie/aaschlawart/33
Deirdre McGowan, 'Class, criminality and marriage breakdown in post-independence Ireland' in Niamh Howlin & Kevin Costello (eds) Law and the Family in Ireland 1800-1950 (Palgrave 2017).
Deirdre McGowan, ‘Commentary on Flynn v Power’ in Julie McCandless, Aoife O’Donoghue and Mairead Enright (eds), Northern/Irish Feminist Judgments (Hart Publishing, 2017).
Deirdre McGowan, “Governed by Marriage Law: An Irish Genealogy” (2016) 25 (3) Social and Legal Studies 311 - 331.
Deirdre McGowan, "The Normalising Power of Marriage Law: An Irish Genealogy 1945 – 2010" (Maynooth University 2015).
Deirdre McGowan, "Impeding Free Movement with Marriage Law: The Civil Registration (Amendment) Act 2014" 2016(19)2 Irish Journal of Family Law 3
Deirdre McGowan, 'Foucault: For Lawyers?' Law and Society Annual Conference, Toronto, June 2018
Deirdre McGowan, 'Foucault: for lawyers?' Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Dublin, September 2017.
Deirdre McGowan, 'Foucault & law: an uncomfortable marriage?' Foucault in Ireland, Royal Irish Academy 2017.
Deirdre McGowan, 'Reframing the mediation debate in Irish all-issues divorce disputes: from mediation vs. litigation to mediation and litigation' Socio Legal Studies Annual Conference, 2017, Newcastle UK.
Deirdre McGowan, "Class Criminality and Marriage Breakdown in Post-Independence Ireland" Irish Association of Law Teachers, Annual Conference, Galway, November 2015.
Deirdre McGowan, "Marriage Law: Private Lives and Public Authority" UK IVR (International Association of Legal and Social Philosophy) Annual Conference, Queens University Belfast, October 2015.
Deirdre McGowan ‘The Normalising Power of Marriage Law’ Maynooth University, March 2015
Deirdre McGowan ‘Marriage Law in Ireland 1850-1950’ Legal History Group Roundtable, University College Dublin, March 2015
Deirdre McGowan, ‘The Normalising Power of Marriage Law: The Individual Experience’ Irish Association of Law Teachers, Annual Conference, Kilkenny, November 2014
Deirdre McGowan, ‘Irish Marriage Law – A History of the Present.’ Irish Association of Law Teachers, Annual Conference, Belfast, November 2013
Deirdre McGowan, ‘Contextualising Law within a Governmentality Framework: An Alternative Approach to the Problem of Couple Regulation.’ Annual Conference, Socio-Legal Studies Association, York, UK, March 2013
Deirdre McGowan, ‘Lessons for the Future from Mistakes of the Past: the Married Women’s Status Act 1957.’ Irish Association of Law Teachers, Annual Conference, November 2011
John & Pat Hume Fellowship, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 2010 – 2014.