Stephanie Hanlon

Citizenship and the dialectic of inclusion and exclusion in citizenship in theory and practice


I describe myself as an inter-disciplinary scholar. My research activity includes citizenship and the dialectic of inclusion and exclusion in citizenship in theory and practice. This focuses on the development of critical theory as it relates to contemporary legislative and policy processes in the context of gender and the asylum-migration nexus.

My research also incorporates performative and visual methodologies, i.e. semiotic analysis of the transformative potential of visual art, especially as it relates to contemporary politics, civil society and social change. I am a member of Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A, a feminist performance group composed of academics, researchers and activists. Our work has featured extensively, ranging from international media coverage to presentations in universities, conferences and exhibitions. I have recently co-authored, with Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A. articles and journals that have been published by Routledge in 2019 and Manchester University Press in 2020. My current research focuses on intimate control practices and the policing and regulation of binational couples in Irish and European policy and legislation. My work has appeared in Irish and European conferences, ranging from policy submissions and papers on gender and migration.

Social justice is at the core of my work; I have a long history of working with community groups and was the Director of Elections for referenda and elections at local, national and European level which has resulted in series of research outputs through conference presentations, workshops, policy and civil society submissions. Recently I organized a conference on the system of direct provision that focused on giving a platform to a series of writers, artists and activists with experience of the State’s asylum system.


Member of the Sociological Association of Ireland
Member of the Irish Association of Applied Linguistics
Member of Community Work Ireland


Peer-reviewed articles

Hanlon, S. (2020) Shifting Sands: Discursive Techniques Adopted by the Immigrant Council of Ireland on Marriages of Convenience, Special Edition of Discovering Discourses. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Peer-reviewed book chapters

(2019) “A Radical Feminist Diaspora: Speaking of IMELDA, Reproductive Justice and Ireland” in The Routledge Handbook of Radical Politics, ed. By Ruth Kinna and Uri Gordon. Co-authored as part of Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A. Chapter 2. pp 24-41. New York: Routledge.

Book chapters

(2020) ‘A Woman’s work is never . . . Speaking of IMELDA on Continuing Legacies of Resistance’, in Legacies of the Magdalen Laundries: Commemoration, Gender and Systems of Abuse, ed. by Emilie Pine, Miriam Haughton, and Mary McAuliffe, M. Co-authored as part of Speaking of I.M.E.L.D.A. Manchester: Manchester University Press

Further Research Outputs

Conference papers

Maher, H. and Hanlon, S. (2020) ‘A Time for Action: Climate Change and our Future’, Carlow College St. Patrick’s Public Lecture, joint presentation.

Hanlon, S. (2019) ‘The Politics of Disability’, The National Conference for Students with Disabilities, Union of Students in Ireland, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

Hanlon, S. (2018) ‘Striving for Consistency: Discourses on Marriages of Convenience and Human Trafficking’, (disc)covering Discourses – Transdisciplinary Conference, University College Cork, (May, 2018).

Hanlon, S. (2018) ‘LGBTQ Liberation – 30 years on’, Marxism, Griffith College, (November, 2018).

Hanlon, S. (2016) ‘Combating Sexist Hate Speech: The Irish Experience’, [Presentation], Council of Europe, Gender Equality Unit (February, 2016).

Keynote speeches

“Homing in on the States we are in”, Speaking of IMELDA, Conference – 1916: Home 2016, NUI Galway (October 2016)

Breaking Stereotypes; Shattering Boundaries – World Hijab Day, Waterford Institute of Technology, (March, 2019)

Conference Organisation

Voices from Direct Provision and the State that we are in, Carlow College, 9th November 2019.

Marxism Conference (2018), Griffith College Dublin, 22nd – 24th November 2018.

Newspaper and other publications

Hanlon, S. and Wallace, A. (2019) “Socialism and the Fight Against Transphobia”, Irish Marxist Review, Vol 8. No. 23, (January, 2019).

Media interactions

Frequent contributor for Rebel News media

Hanlon, S. (2020) Co-Morbid Productions Podcast: The Politics of Disability with Stephanie Hanlon

The Irish Times (2019) Students and lecturers protest deportation order against Carlow College student, [online], The Irish Times, Available at:

The Irish Examiner (2019) Protestors to call on Justice Department to reverse deportation order against Carlow student, [online], The Irish Examiner, Available at:

Guest Appearances on Irish news and current affairs programmes

Other research related activity

Hanlon, S. (2019) Civil Society Report submitted to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) for its Consideration of the Combined Fifth to Ninth Periodic Reports of Ireland, (CERD/C/IRL/5-9), November 2019. On behalf of Abolish Direct Provision Ireland.

Awards & Funding

Recipient of Graduate Scholarship in the School of Political and International Relations (2017