Portrait of Dr Catherine McGlynn Dr Catherine McGlynn

c.e.mcglynn@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472453


Catherine joined the University in 2007 as a researcher on a Leverhulme funded project and has been a senior lecturer in politics here since 2008. She has taught at the American University of Central Asia and at the University of Salford, where she completed her Phd on loyalist politics in Northern Ireland. Previously she worked in local government administration.

Catherine is the Treasurer for the Political Studies Association Specialist Group on Britishness and a member of the University’s Academy for British and Irish Studies. She teaches on a range of modules at Huddersfield which reflect her research interests in conflict, citizenship and national identity and she is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research and Scholarship

Catherine’s research focuses on citizenship and nationalism, with particular reference to the transformation and resolution of conflict. Her PhD explored these issues in relation to Northern Ireland but she has since broadened this area of interest and is currently writing a comparative study of differentiated citizenship approaches in Northern Ireland and the Kyrgyz Republic for Palgrave MacMillan.

Catherine is organising a conference at the University for January 2013 on the politics of history teaching which builds on previous research on Britishness and the national curriculum and she is currently undertaking a project with her Huddersfield colleagues Andrew Mycock and Chris Gifford on young people’s understanding of their national and ethnic identities.

As part of the PSA’s Specialist Group on Britishness, Catherine has been involved in the organisation of panels and roundtables at the PSA’s annual conference for the past three years. Her work has featured in the group’s publications in Parliamentary Affairs and the British Journal of Politics and International Relations that have been developed from the groups research workshops.

University research group memberships

Catherine is currently a member of the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences, the Academy for British and Irish Studies and the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


McGlynn, C. and McDaid, S. (2017) ‘‘72 Hours to Save the Union’: John Major and Devolution’. In: An Unsuccessful Prime Minister? The Premiership of John Major, 1990-97. London: Biteback Publishing. pp. 91-106. ISBN 978-1785900679


McGlynn, C. and McDaid, S. (2016) ‘Radicalisation and higher education: students’ understanding and experiencesTerrorism and Political Violence . ISSN 0954-6553

McGlynn, C. and McDaid, S. (2016) ‘Northern Ireland’. In: Harold Wilson The Unprincipled Prime Minister? Reappraising Harold Wilson. : Biteback Publishing. pp. 245-260. ISBN 9781785900310


McDaid, S., Mycock, A., McGlynn, C., McAuley, J. and Gormley-Heenan, C. (2014) The Northern Ireland ‘Culture Wars’ Symposium Report: November 2013 Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield


Gifford, C. and McGlynn, C. (2013) ‘‘It’s very difficult to enable choice’: Citizenship education for welfare professionals in challenging timesCitizenship Teaching and Learning , 8 (3), pp. 295-308. ISSN 1751-1917


McGlynn, C., Tonge, J. and McAuley, J. (2012) ‘The Party Politics of Post-devolution Identity in Northern IrelandBritish Journal of Politics and International Relations . ISSN 1369-1481


McAuley, J., Ward, P., Thomas, P., Mycock, A., Matthews, J., McGlynn, C., Hayton, R. and Webster, W. (2011) ‘Academy for British and Irish Studies, 2011’. In: Academy for British and Irish Studies (relaunch), December 2011, University of Huddersfield

Mycock, A., Andrews, R., McGlynn, C. and Hearn, M. (2011) ‘History teaching and identity: a comparison of young people in Australia and England’. In: Britishness, identity and citizenship: the view from abroad. Oxfordshire, UK: Peter Lang. . ISBN 9783034302265

McGlynn, C. and Mycock, A. (2011) ‘Five Key Lessons for Organising a ConferenceEuropean Political Science , 10 (1), pp. 59-68. ISSN 1680-4333

McGlynn, C. and McAuley, J. (2011) ‘New Labour and Northern Ireland: delivering peace, prosperity and social justice?’. In: Redefining social justice: New Labour, rhetoric and reality. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press. pp. 159-177. ISBN 9780719082207

McAuley, J. and McGlynn, C. (2011) ‘Women within Loyalism’. In: Ulster Loyalism after the Good Friday agreement: politics, processes and futures. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. . ISBN 9780230228856

McAuley, J. and McGlynn, C. (2011) ‘Auxiliaries in the Cause? Loyalist Women in Conflict and Post Conflict’. In: Ulster Loyalism after the Good Friday. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 132-146. ISBN 9780230228856


Andrews, R., McGlynn, C. and Mycock, A. (2010) ‘National pride and students' attitudes towards history: an exploratory studyEducational Studies , 36 (3), pp. 299-309. ISSN 0305-5698

McGlynn, C. and Mycock, A. (2010) ‘Parliamentary Affairs: A Special Edition on BritishnessParliamentary Affairs , 63 (2), pp. 223-228. ISSN 1460-2482

Shirlow, P., Tonge, J., McAuley, J. and McGlynn, C. (2010) Abandoning historical conflict? Former paramilitary prisoners and political reconciliation in Northern Ireland . Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press. ISBN 9780719080111


Andrews, R., McGlynn, C. and Mycock, A. (2009) ‘Students' attitudes towards history: does self-identity matter?Educational Research , 51 (3), pp. 365-377. ISSN 0013-1881

McAuley, J., McGlynn, C. and Tonge, J. (2009) ‘The Settlement of Asymmetric Conflicts through Symmetric Interests in Peace’. In: An Irish Model for Peace? Interdisciplinary debate, International lessons Political Studies Association of Ireland Specialist Group in Peace and Conflict Conference, 22nd-23rd May 2009, Dublin, Ireland


McGlynn, C. and McAuley, J. (2008) ‘Abandoning historical conflict? Former prisoners and conflict transformation in Norther Ireland’. In: British Society of Criminology, 9-11 July 2008, University of Huddersfield, UK

Shirlow, P., McAuley, J., Tonge, J. and McGlynn, C. (2008) ‘Action Before Ideology': Understanding the role of age and knowledge in the 'Troubles in Northern Ireland/Ireland’’. In: Youth Radicalisation And The Role Of Secular And Religious Ideologies In Legitimising Politically Motivated Violence, 25-27 June 2008, London, UK

McAuley, J., McGlynn, C. and Tonge, J. (2008) ‘Conflict resolution in asymmetric and symmetric situations: Northern Ireland as a case studyDynamics of Asymmetric Conflict , 1 (1), pp. 88-102. ISSN 1746-7594


Mycock, A., McGlynn, C. and Grand, P. (2004) Understanding Britain Salford, UK: ESRI


  • Editor – special edition of Parliamentary Affairs (2010 63:2) on Britishness.
  • Editor – special edition of Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict (2011 4:3) on Northern Ireland.
  • Winner – 2011 Political Studies Association of Ireland Brian Farrell Prize for Best Book (for Abandoning Historical Conflict?.
  • Treasurer – Political Studies Association Specialist Group on Britishness.

Research Degree Supervision

Areas for research supervision include Northern Irish politics, comparative politics, consociationalism, democratisation and British party politics. Catherine is currently supervising postgraduate research on British foreign policy towards Zimbabwe, a comparative study of Eastern European democratisation and the Arab Spring and multiculturalism in Northern Ireland.

Administrative Responsibilities

Catherine is the course leader for politics degrees at the University.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Catherine is responsible for teaching and module leadership on:

  • HIX1016 - US Politics and Society.
  • HIX2001 - Democracy and Democratisation.
  • HHX1017 - Terrorism and Conflict Resolution.
  • HHX1018 - The Labour Party.