Dr. Paul Ryan
Professional Career to Date
I joined the Department of Sociology as an Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Science (IRCHSS) Post-doctoral Fellow in 2007 and became assistant lecturer in 2010. I have previously lectured at the Department of Social Sciences and Law in the Dublin Institute of Technology and the Department of Sociology in University College Dublin from where I was awarded a PhD in 2005. I am currently President of the Sociological Association of Ireland.
My main research interests lie within the sociology of intimacy and personal life. My previous research has explored sex work and the risk environment and the gay and lesbian movement and the everyday lives within it. My book, analysing the letters to agony aunt Angela Macnamara which chart an informalization in the emotional and sexual relations between the sexes while dating and within marriage between 1963 and 1980 was published in 2011.The book can be ordered at
I am also interested in qualitative research methods specifically feminist research methodologies, auto/biography and the use of life history.
Teaching and Other Interests
Contemporary Social Theory (Third Year)
Sociology of Sexualities (Third Year)
Masculinities (Third Year)
Field Work Methods (Second Year)
Qualitative Research (Masters)
Ryan, P. 2011 Asking Angela Macnamara: an Intimate history of Irish lives Dublin: Irish Academic Press.
Peer Reviewed Journals
Ryan, P. Whitaker, T and G. Cox 2011‘Stigmatization Among Drug-Using Sex Workers Accessing Support Services’ Qualitative Health Research Vol. 21 (8) 1086-1100.
Ryan, P. 2010 ‘Love, lust and the Irish: exploring intimate lives through Angela Macnamara’s problem page, 1963-80’ Sexualities. Vol. 14 (2) 218-234.
Ryan, P. 2010 ‘Asking Angela: discourses about sexuality in an Irish Problem Page 1963-80’ Journal of the History of Sexuality. Vol.19. (2) 317-339.
Ryan, P. 2006 ‘Researching Irish Gay Male Lives: Reflections on Disclosure and Intellectual Autobiography in the Production of Personal Narratives’. Qualitative Research. Vol. 6 (2) 151–168
Ryan, P. 2003 ‘Coming Out, Staying In: The Personal Narratives of some Irish Gay Men’. The Irish Journal of Sociology Vol. 12 (2) 68–85
Books Chapters/Non Peer Reviewed
Ryan, P. 2012 ‘The Pursuit of Gay and Lesbian Sexual Citizenship Rights, 1980-2011’ in L. Keily and M. Leane (eds.) Sexualities and Irish Society: A Reader Dublin: Blackhall Press (forthcoming)
Ryan, P, Whitaker, T. and G. Cox 2012 'What I knew I learned on the street! Irish Drug Using Sex Workers Accounts of how they Contracted HIV and Hepatitis C' pp. 276-294 in K. Metodiev (ed.) Immunodeficiency Rijeka: InTech.
Ryan, P. 2012 ‘Reappraising the Irish Sexual Repression Narrative of the 1960s: Was Ireland Different? History Ireland Vol. 20 (2) 42-45.
Ryan, P. 2007 ‘Coming out of the dark: a decade of gay mobilisation in Ireland 1970-80’ pp. 86-105 in L. Connolly and N. Hourigan (eds.) Social Movements and Ireland. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Ó’ Cinnèide, S & Ryan, P. 2004 ‘Ireland: Disinterested Commentary, but how effective?’ pp.211–225 in K. Armingeon. & M. Beyeler (eds.) The OECD and European Welfare States. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar
‘Exploring the emergence of democratic parenting through the pages of an Irish problem page, 1963-80’American Sociological Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas.
‘Exploring the performance of masculinities in the lives of Irish drug using sex workers’ IASSCS VIII Conference: Naming and Framing: The Making of Sexual (In) Equality, Madrid.
‘The Informalisation of Emotions in the Intimate Lives of Older Irish Men' presented at the Turning Personal Conference, Morgan Centre for the Study of Relationships and Personal Life, University of Manchester.
‘Love, Lust and the Quest for the Affectionate Irish Male in Angela Macnamara’s Problem Page 1963-80’ presented at the Irish Sociological Association Annual Conference, Galway.
‘The Coming-Out of the Gay Movement in Ireland, 1970–80’ presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia
‘Researching Sexuality: Reflections on Power and Reflexivity in the production of Personal Narratives’ presented at the European Sociological Association Annual Conference, Murcia
‘Coming Out, Staying In: Personal Narratives of Some Irish Gay Men’ presented at the Sociological Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Galway
'Personal Narratives in Qualitative Research' presented at the International Sociological Association Annual Conference, Montreal
'Masculinity and Gaelic Identity' presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Conference, San Francisco
'Masculinity and the GAA' presented at the Sociological Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Westport
TV3 Tonight with Vincent Browne Regulating the Sex Industry 31st January 2013 http://www.tv3.ie/3player/show/41/58690/1/Tonight-with-Vincent-Browne
RTE Radio One John Murray Show discussing Asking Angela Macnamara 25 November 2011http://www.rte.ie/radio1/thejohnmurrayshow/2011-11-25.html
Irish Times review of Asking Angela Macnamara by Professor Maureen Gaffney 31 December 2011 http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2011/1231/1224309661437.htm
Sean Moncrief Show on Newstalk discussing Asking Angela Macnamara 9 January 2012 http://media.newstalk.ie/listenback/popup
Hailing a wife: mating habits of the Irish man revealed' The Irish Times 10 May 2011 http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/health/2011/0510/1224296591347.html
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