Laura Wallace


I am a third-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 social/religious change, women religious, identity, human trafficking and forced labour, and the Republic of Ireland. 

Research interests

  • Irish identity, social history and class
  • 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
  • religion and abuse


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