Violence, Conflict and Gender - Cluster Members

Ellen O Sullivan 

My name is Ellen O Sullivan, and I am a third-year PhD student in Sociology and Women’s Studies in UCC. Prior to beginning my PhD, I completed a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies and focused my research on analyzing the media presentation of Incel homicide in America, looking at the gendered dynamics of that representation. My PhD research is concerned with the presentation of femicide in Irish media, and how that representation informs our ideas about nationalism and nationhood.

I am the incumbent Chair of Sibéal, the Postgraduate Gender Studies Network of Ireland, and I have presented my work on gender-based violence, masculinities, and femicide both nationally and internationally. Currently, I am also working as a tutor in the Sociology and Criminology Department in UCC, and I am a recipient of the NUI Travelling Doctoral Studentship.


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Caroline Williamson Sinalo

Caroline Williamson Sinalo is lecturer in World Languages at University College Cork and author of Rwanda after Genocide: Gender, Identity and Posttraumatic Growth (Cambridge University Press 2018) and co-author of Transmitting Memories in Rwanda: From a Survivor Parent to the next Generation (Brill 2023). She is also the co-editor of Representing Gender-Based Violence: Global Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan 2023). Having previously worked extensively on gender, conflict and violence in Africa’s Great Lakes region, Williamson Sinalo’s latest research focuses on medical and media narratives of the Covid 19 pandemic across the continent. Her research has been supported by the AHRC, the Aegis Trust, the Embassy of Ireland in Kampala, the Irish Research Council, the Government of Ireland and Enterprise Ireland.


Louisa Esther

Louisa Esther is an activist-researcher and freelance journalist. For her PhD at UCC’s French and SPLAS Departments, she works with exiled journalists from Latin America and East Africa to create a better understanding of contemporary exile journalism as its own concept.

Louisa holds an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree in International Journalism with a specialisation in Conflict and War Reporting from Swansea and Aarhus Universities. Previously, she completed two Bachelor degrees at University Leipzig in Political Science and African Studies. Her studies are funded by the German Episcopalian Academic Foundation. She is an advisory board member of Mundus Journalism and an editor of UCC’s postgraduate journal The Boolean.

As a HEAT-certified journalist, Louisa has published on a range of local and international issues (i.e. The Guardian, The Continent), and managed social media campaigns in politics, sports and for NGOs. She is currently founding Ex-press, an organisation supporting exiled journalists.


Dr Fiona Buckley

Fiona Buckley is a lecturer in the Department of Government and Politics, University College Cork (UCC) specialising in the study of women in politics. Fiona's research is primarily focused on women, gender and politics, in particular women and cabinet government; gender quotas; and violence against women in politics. She has also published on Irish politics, electoral administration and voting behaviour.  Between 2021 and 2026, Fiona is Co-Principal Investigator on the The Cost of Doing Politics: Gender Aspects of Political Violence project (Research Council of Norway Project No. 300618) which is hosted by Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), Bergen, under Principal Investigator, Dr Vibeke Wang. Funded by the Research Council of Norway, the Cost of Doing Politics project brings together an international research team to undertake a comprehensive, multi-method examination of if and how gender shapes political violence targeting politicians. You may view Fiona’s full biography at:*u7y7lm*_gcl_au*MTQ5NTQ2NjkyLjE2OTY0MDg3NjQ.


El Martin-Plaza

El Martin-Plaza is a visiting graduate student at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Languages and Cultures at University College Cork (Ireland). They are currently pursuing their Ph.D. in Trans* Theory and English Literature at the University of Huelva (Spain), after earning their M.A. in Gender, Intersectionality and Change at the University of Linköping (Sweden). They have presented papers at various international conferences on the representation of trans* characters in British contemporary fiction, and their Ph.D. dissertation focuses on the period 1990-2020 with special interest in LGBTIAQ+ authors Jackie Kay, Ali Smith, Bernardine Evaristo and Jeanette Winterson. El's main research interest are transnormativity, trans* medicine and gender binarisms. | @queerlologist (twitter) |