Laura Wallace


I am a second-year doctoral researcher in the school of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, funded by the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities. Prior to this, I undertook a BA in Theology and Religious Studies and an MA in Religion and Public Life. 

My doctoral research is a cross-disciplinary project with a focus on gender, womanhood, Catholic identity, sex work, and anti-trafficking organisations in the Republic of Ireland. I have a keen interest in Irish experiences of gender and sexuality, secularisation, social justice, nationalism and the state, and explore these through qualitative research methods.

I am currently recruiting participants for interviews. If you work within a Catholic organisation in Ireland and wish to participate, please contact me via the email address on this page. 


Research interests

  • Irish identity and social history
  • gender and sexuality
  • women religious
  • sex work and religion(s)
  • anti-trafficking and religion(s)
  • secularisation theories
  • state religion and social change
  • religion and public life
  • Catholicism in contemporary Ireland


  • MA Religion and Public Life
  • BA Theology and Religious Studies