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    Christina S. Brophy
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    Christina S. Brophy, Ph.D., is a History and Humanities faculty member who offers courses in World, European and United States History, Gender Studies, and Great Books in the Social Science department.

    Brophy’s first book is an interdisciplinary volume she co-edited and contributed to that focuses on women, class, and gender in post-Famine Ireland. Women, Reform, and Resistance in Ireland, 1850-1950 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) documents the challenges faced by Irish women and their complex reactions. Ten authors illuminate previously obscured experiences of Irish women by investigating philanthropies, prisons, hospitals and inebriate reformatories; interrogating court records, begging letters, and memoirs; and exploring the “imaginative resistance” of folk narratives and formulaic cursing. Several contributors explore the ways in which middle-class and elite women, through philanthropy and reform, found their voices by attempting to regulate the lives of the poor. Rather than passively accepting their lot, these women were often insubordinate, opportunistic in their use of charity and defiant toward the ideologies of dominating-elites. For more info: CLICK HERE.

    A native of East Rogers Park, Brophy traveled widely before returning to the area to teach. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary, a Master of Arts from Claremont Graduate University, and a doctorate in history from Boston College. A year-long Fulbright Fellowship to Ireland facilitated the research of her dissertation, as well as her present work. Brophy is currently writing a monograph about the history and legacy of mná caointe, Irish keening women.