BiographyMcGarry is currently the Director of European Studies at UCC. European Studies is a distinctive multidisciplinary academic programme (established in 1988), anchored by School of History. Educated in Ireland, France and Italy, McGarry has lectured in the European Studies and Politics programmes at UCC since 2004.
Research interests include comparative European politics, Mediterranean politics, party systems and the processes of Europeanisation and European integration since 1945.
Her primary research focus is on Euroscepticism and on the politicisation of European integration issues (especially in France, Spain, Denmark and Ireland). This relates to the doctoral research she conducted at the Department of Political & Social Sciences, European University Institute, Florence, Italy (under the supervision of Prof. Stefano Bartolini) [defence pending].
Honours and Awards
|1999||The Irish SPS Scholarship (Social & Political Sciences) for the European University Institute, Florence, Italy (four years duration)||Government of Ireland|
|1999||British Chevening Scholarship||UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations|
|1995||Scholarship for the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium||Government of Ireland|
|1994||Scholarship: Title of College Scholar||University College Cork|
|Association||Function||From / To|
|The Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century (ISS21)||History Representative||/|
|(2010)||Ireland and European integration: membership, influence and contribution, |
Prof Dermot Keogh, Mervyn O’Driscoll, Katherine McGarry, Gabriel Doherty (2010) Conference hosted by the School of History, University College Cork and the IRCHSS-funded project ‘Ireland and European integration in a comparative context’. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Ireland and European integration: membership, influence and contribution, UCC . [Details]
|(2001)||Democratic Participation & Political Communication, |
Directors: Prof. J. Blondel (RSC-EUI) & Prof. R. Sinnott (University College Dublin). (2001) Democratic Participation & Political Communication in Systems of Multi-Level Governance. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Democratic Participation & Political Communication, European University Institute, Florence, Italy . [Details]
|(1998)||Series of Public Lectures presented by the CACE in association with the European Commission, |
McGarry, K.; (1998) EU Citizenship & the idea of a European Identity. [N/A], Series of Public Lectures presented by the CACE in association with the European Commission, UCC (video conferencing broadcast the discussion to other third level institutions in Ireland) , 01-OCT-98 - 31-OCT-98. [Details]
|Committee||Function||From / To|
|Visiting Student Officer, School of History||Visiting Student Officer, School of History||/|
|CACSSS College International Committee||/|
|CACSSS Board of Studies, BA International||/|
|Schools Liaison & Outreach Committee (ES / History)||/|
|Teaching & Learning Committee (History)||/|
|Equal Opportunities Working Group (History)||/|
|European Studies Committee (ES)||/|
|Employer||Position||From / To|
|University College Cork||College Lecturer||01-SEP-04 / 01-SEP-15|
|European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy||Research Fellow in Political & Social Sciences, PhD Candidate (SPS)||01-SEP-99 / 01-OCT-04|
|Prof. J. Blondel (Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute, Florence, Italy) in assoc with Prof. R. Sinnott (UCD)||Researcher in International Study of the 1999 Elections to the European Parliament||01-MAY-00 / 01-NOV-00|
|University College Cork||Assistant Lecturer (part-time)||01-OCT-98 / 31-AUG-99|
|Essential French, Private Language School||Language Teacher - French (part-time)||01-JAN-98 / 01-JUL-98|
|Head of Broadcasting, Radio Telefis Eireann (RTE), Cork||Researcher on European Affairs||01-JUL-97 / 30-NOV-97|
|University College Cork||University Tutor, European Studies||01-OCT-96 / 01-OCT-98|
|1996||University College Cork||M.A. 1H||Equivalent to current M.Phil - Two-Year Masters by Research (First Class Honours): 'The Nature and Evolution of the French and Spanish Party Systems (the Compatibility of Persistence and Change)'. Supervisor: Prof. J. Joseph Lee (retired, Glucksman Chair of Irish History; Professor of Irish Studies, History; Director of Glucksman Ireland House, New York University); Extern: Prof. Tim Blanning (Professor of Modern European History, University of Cambridge, until his retirement in 2009).|
|1994||University College Cork||B.A. European Studies||First Class (Joint Honours) Degree: European Studies, French & Spanish|
|1993||Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III, France||Certificate||European Studies, Dépt. d’Études de la Société Contemporaine|
|1993||Université de la Sorbonne, Paris IV, France||Certificate||French|
|1996||Cork College of Commerce, Ireland||Certificate||VEC Course in Psychology|
|1991||Cork School of Music||Certificate||CSM Musicianship Qualification in Piano & Theory of Music CVEC|
June 2018: Invited by the Senate to attend a meeting of the NUI to confer an Honorary Degree on Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission (Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin).
June 2018: CACSSS Summer School – delivered a ‘taster’ lecture regarding ‘Key EU Institutions’. The Summer School is aimed at transition and fifth year students and is an opportunity to engage prospective students in the subject area.
May 2018: ‘Decade of Centenaries’ All-island History Competition for Primary and Post-Primary Schools’. Participated in Prize-giving Ceremony at Aula Maxima, UCC. Dúirt mé cúpla focal faoin tionscnamh stair dar teideal “an Luíochán Scriob, an ochtú lá de mí Aibreáin 1921”. Bhí an chéad duais buaite ag Máirtín Óg Ó Niaidh agus Domhnall Ó Confhaola (as Rang 6 i Scoil Bhriocáin, Rosmuc) i rannóg ‘Staidéar Áitiúil agus Réigiúnach’.
January 2018: Contribution to Organisation and Hosting of School of History Prize-giving Ceremony (School Liaison & Outreach Committee)
November 2017: Chaired a session of the CACSSS Masterclasses - 'Women, Space and Place'.
October 2017: Represented European Studies at launch of UCC Library exhibition '1972: Ireland Votes for Change' (Neville Keery’s papers).
October 2017: Represented the School of History at BA International Conferrings
October 2017: UCC Open Day: European Studies stand & Presentations
March 2017: Politics Prize-giving Ceremony
February 2017: Contribution to Organisation and Hosting of School of History Prize-giving Ceremony (School Liaison & Outreach Committee)
October 2016: Represented the School of History at Autumn Conferring ceremonies
October 2016: UCC Open Day – European Studies desk & presentations
February 2016: European Studies UCC became an official sponsor and partner of Model European Union Strasbourg 2016. MEU 2016 was the 10th edition of the conference and took place in April 2016 in the European Parliament buildings in Strasbourg. One of my students from second year European Studies (Michaela Reilly) acted as Liaison Officer for Ireland and served on the MEU Strasbourg 2016 Organising Team. http://www.meu-strasbourg.org/
November 2015: Organised and Hosted Guest ES Lecture by Dr Ivan Sotkovsky, Faculty of Economics, Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic (18th November). Dr Sotkovsky delivered a lecture regarding demography and the challenges associated with ageing populations in the European Union.
October 2015: Represented the School of History at Autumn Conferring ceremonies.
October 2015: UCC Open Day – European Studies desk & presentations
September 2015: Speaker at Applied History Symposium - 'Skills and Professional Opportunities for History Graduates', University College Cork.
June 2015: Participated in a training workshop in the use of the Visual Identity at UCC. The workshop was offered by Audio Visual Media Services, in association with Marketing and Communications.
June 2015: Participated in the Internationalisation Conference organised by UCC’s International Office (IO) regarding Internationalisation achievements and future plans. The conference featured IO representatives from offices in New York, Delhi, Shanghai and Beijing, as well as academics and IO personnel.
May 2015: Invited to attend and officially represent European Studies at the Iveagh House Commemorative Lecture with United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, on Monday 25 May in Saint Patrick’s Hall, Dublin Castle. This important address was organised jointly by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Institute of International and European Affairs. The UN Secretary General’s speech was preceded by a welcome speech by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr. Charles Flanagan, T.D. The address was followed by a reception in the Portrait Gallery of Dublin Castle.
March 2015: Politics Prize-giving Ceremony
March 2015: Participated in ‘School Outreach Talk’ regarding History and European Studies (UCC) to Crosshaven Secondary School (School Liaison & Outreach Committee).
February 2015: Contribution to Organisation and Hosting of School of History Prize-giving Ceremony (School Liaison & Outreach Committee)
July 2015: Attended a two-panel workshop - The EU and the southern Mediterranean - co-hosted by the ISS21 Migration and Integration Cluster and Department of French, UCC.
November 2014: Contribution to organisation, advertising and presentation of EUI PhD programmes at UCC by Prof Brigid Laffan Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and Director of the Global Governance Programme at the EUI. McGarry was also one of three alumni to give a testimonial about her experience at the EUI to the public (3-5pm).
January 2015: Organised and Hosted Guest ES Lecture by Prof. Christophe Gillissen, University of Caen, France (14th January). Prof. Gillissen delivered a lecture regarding Ireland’s approach to EC/EU Membership.
November 2014: Represented ES at ‘EU Jobs’ (DFA – EU Division) Graduate Fair at UCC. Key Speaker (in co-op with www.eujobs.ie): European Studies graduate, C. Kett, currently Third Secretary DFA - Global Horizons Youth Initiative. Arranged for C. Kett to speak to current ES students after her talk (on opportunities / internships in international and EU organisations) and invited her to return for a similar talk in the second semester
October 2014: UCC Open Day – European Studies desk & presentations
October 2014: Launched European Studies on Twitter as part of ES Outreach strategy @es_ucc
July 2014: Re: Outreach to US - Served as the International Representative of the School of History and ES at a University Meeting with UCC/US Rep C. Provost (Study Abroad Postgraduate Recruitment Initiatives).
May 2014: Contribution to Organisation of the 2014 School of History Secondary School Essay Competition and Hosting of the related Prize-giving Ceremony
(School Liaison & Outreach Committee)
March 2014: Invited to officially represent European Studies at a Meeting of the University to confer an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws on J.M. Barroso, President of the European Commission (Aula Maxima, UCC).
March 2014: Politics Prize-giving Ceremony
January 2014: Connected with CARL on behalf of the School’s Teaching & Learning Committee and invited C. O’Mahony, then Chairperson of CARL, to speak to the School in this regard. Community-Academic Research Links is a UCC initiative which offers independent research support to Civil Society Organisations, e.g. community and voluntary groups, in the Munster region.
January 2014: Contribution to Organisation and Hosting of School of History Prize-giving Ceremony (School Liaison & Outreach Committee)
October 2013: UCC Open Day – European Studies desk & presentations
October 2013: Represented the School of History at M.Phil Politics Autumn Conferring ceremonies
April 2013: Invited to officially represent European Studies at a moderated public interview and reception with Mr Jeroen Dijsselbloem, President of the Eurogroup and Minister of Finance for the Netherlands, Aula Max, UCC.
Organised and Hosted Danish Ambassador’s Visit to UCC, Tuesday, 19 March 2013 (12 – 4pm)
Visit by his Excellency Mr. Niels Christen Pultz, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, the Royal Danish Embassy and his wife Mrs. Bodil Bonde Pultz.
Ambassador Pultz delivered a lecture regarding Denmark’s 40th anniversary as a member of the European Union.
March 2013: Contribution to Organisation of the 2013 School of History Secondary School Essay Competition and Hosting of the related Prize-giving Ceremony(School Liaison & Outreach Committee)
March 2013: Attended UCC Europa Soc Event – on behalf of ES - to mark the 40th anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the EU (Speakers: L. Creighton TD; Prof B Laffan, UCD; N. O’Connell, Executive Director of European Movement Ireland).
February 2013: Attended the European Movement Ireland Dialogue on EU Citizenship Event at Cork City Hall on behalf of European Studies & networked with UCC ES Alumni in attendance (including Executive Director of European Movement Ireland, N. O’Connell). Attended related Guest Lecture that evening on behalf of ES by E. Gilmore, TD, on EU Citizenship.
February 2013: Contribution to Organisation and Hosting of School of History Prize-giving Ceremony
(School Liaison & Outreach Committee)
December 2012: Represented ES at ‘EU Jobs’ (DFA – EU Division) event at UCC
October 2012: UCC Open Day – European Studies desk & presentations
October 2012: Represented the School of History at Autumn Conferring ceremonies
September 2012: UCC Visiting Students’ Academic Walkabout – European Studies desk
August 2012: Served as one of four key speakers at the Pre-Departure Orientation Day for Erasmus students (McGarry's presentation was on behalf of CACSSS).
March 2012: Politics Prize-giving Ceremony
February 2012: Contribution to Organisation and Hosting of School of History Prize-giving Ceremony (School Liaison & Outreach Committee)
February 2012: Represented ES at ‘EU Jobs’ (DFA – EU Division) event at UCC
Organised and Hosted Polish Ambassador’s Visit to UCC, Tuesday, 24 January 2012 (12 – 5pm)
His Excellency Mr. Marcin Nawrot, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the Republic of Poland kindly accepted an invitation from the European Studies programme to visit UCC. This was the Ambassador’s first visit to UCC. Ambassador Nawrot delivered a lecture regarding Poland’s six-month Presidency of the EU from June to December 2011.
January 2012: Represented European Studies at CACSSS Undergraduate Student Awards at Glucksman Gallery (ES Student / Prize-winner – C. Hollweck)
October 2011: UCC Open Day – European Studies desk & presentations
September 2011: UCC Visiting Students’ Academic Walkabout – European Studies desk
September 2011: Represented the School of History at Autumn Conferring Ceremonies
September 2011: Presented European Studies programme, discussed setting up links & attended official luncheon at UCC with representative of University Of Montreal, Dr Yves Guay (Head of International Relations). Dr Guay's own department hosts a 'Centre of Excellence for European Studies' (funded by the European Commission) and a 'German Centre for European Studies' (funded by the German government).
March 2011: Politics Prize-giving Ceremony
Organised and Hosted Belgian Ambassador’s Visit to UCC, Monday, 7 February 2011 (1pm – 6pm)
His Excellency Mr. Robert Devriese, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Belgium kindly accepted an invitation from the European Studies programme to visit UCC. This was the Ambassador’s second visit to UCC. Ambassador Devriese was accompanied by the Belgian Honorary Consul in Cork, Mr. Dominic Daly. The Ambassador delivered a lecture regarding ‘The rotating presidency under the Lisbon Treaty’. Belgium’s six-month Presidency of the EU took place from July to December 2010.
February 2011: Contribution to Organisation and Hosting of School of History Prize-giving Ceremony (School Liaison & Outreach Committee)
February 2011: Represented ES at ‘EU Jobs’ (DFA – EU Division) event at UCC
Organised and Hosted Spanish Ambassador’s Visit to UCC, Monday, 15 November 2010 (2pm – 6pm)Her Excellency Ms. Mercedes Rico, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Spain kindly accepted an invitation from the European Studies programme to visit UCC. This was the Ambassador’s first visit to UCC. Ambassador Rico delivered a lecture regarding Spain’s six-month Presidency of the EU from January to June 2010.
October 2010: UCC Open Day – European Studies desk & presentations
September 2010: UCC Visiting Students’ Academic Walkabout – European Studies desk
May 2010: Invited by Alliance Française de Cork to participate in its 4th European Symposium in partnership with the School of History. The Symposium celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the Schuman Declaration and focused on European youth. It was related to a wider event in France, involving 400 students from across the EU. Morning sessions included feedback between specialists/ organisers and students). In the afternoon, McGarry participated in the debate of one of the 4 roundtables - "After the Lisbon Treaty: the future of political Europe".
April 2010: Contribution to Organisation and Hosting of School of History Prize-giving Ceremony(School Liaison & Outreach Committee)
March 2010: Politics Prize-giving Ceremony
January 2010: Contribution to Organisation of School of History Conference: Ireland and European integration: membership, influence and contribution [As well as representing ES at the Conference, McGarry served as Discussant for the paper by T. McCarthy, Chief Executive, IMI, ‘European Integration & Irish Economic Development’ & chaired Saturday morning Q&A session] http://www.ucc.ie/en/history/conferences/past/fullstory-288544-en.html
October 2009: Presented European Studies programme & attended official luncheon at UCC with representatives of Peking University.
UCC Open Day – European Studies desk & presentations
October 2008: UCC Open Day – European Studies desk & presentations
June 2008: Interviewed by journalist, Philippe Regnier on behalf of Belgian daily Le Soir for a series of articles regarding the Lisbon treaty referendum (editions - 7th, 8th & 12th June).
May 2008: Contribution to Organisation and Hosting of School of History Prize-giving Ceremony
(School Liaison & Outreach Committee)
Feb 2008: Contribution to Organisation and Hosting of European Studies Public Lecture on ‘The EU Reform Treaty’, with Guest Speaker, Mr. Dick Roche, then Minister of State for European Affairs.
|Journal||Role||To / From|
|Chimera||Member of Editorial Board||01-OCT-90 - 01-SEP-93|
2017: Completed ACE Course at UCC offered by the internationally acclaimed Karan Casey. Course Title: 'Traditional Irish Song and Narrative: a story of Ireland in Song'. [Duration - one semester].
Teaching InterestsFurther modules not listed below: ES6001 European Development: Different Meanings to Different Europeans (Postgraduate) ; PO3001 Politics Research Dissertation.
|Graduation Year||Student Name||Institution||Degree Type||Thesis Title|
|2018||Brian John Madden||NUI (UCC)||The Rise of the Freedom Party in Austria, 2005-2016: From the Margins to the Mainstream|
|2018||Michael Benhamou||NUI (UCC)||The Fight against Corruption: between Responsiveness and EU pressure. Case studies of Bulgaria and Romania.|
|2015||Lislaine De Magalhães Oliviera||NUI (UCC)||Fleshing Out European Union Citizenship and the Challenge of ‘Citizenship for Sale’|
|2013||James O'Brien||NUI (UCC)||M.Phil.||The Catch-All Party Model of Organisation: Enduring or Extinct|
|2009||Trudy Leyden||NUI (UCC)||M.A.||Pragmatism in Nationalism: the Success of the Front National and the Lega Nord|
|2021||Introduction to Europe and the European Union||ES1002||Introduction to Europe and the European Union|
|2021||Institutions of the European Union||ES2036||Institutions of the European Union|
|2021||Model European Union||ES2033||Model European Union|
|2021||Methodologies, Data Analysis & Research||ES2031||Methodologies, Data Analysis & Research|
|2021||Comparative European Politics I||ES2027||Comparative European Politics I|
|2021||The Nature and Political Evolution of the EC/EU||ES1003||The Nature and Political Evolution of the EC/EU|
|2021||Mediterranean Politics||ES2032||Mediterranean Politics|
|2021||Research Dissertation||ES4022||Research Dissertation|