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Dr. Tanya Cassidy

School of Community Health and Midwifery

Brook Building, BB224

TCassidy1@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Sociology and Anthropology

Tanya Cassidy has recently been awarded, under Professor Fiona Dykes sponsorship, an EU Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie Inter-European Fellowship for a research project entitled Milk Banking and the Uncertain Interaction between Maternal Milk and Ethanol (MUIMME). She is a senior researcher who has recently returned from a maternity/career break after receiving an Irish Health Research Board Fellowship to conduct a Cochrane review on alcohol and lactation with Dr. Roslyn Giglia of Perth, Australia. She is an affiliated researcher in the Department of Anthropology at Maynooth University in Ireland, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology at the University of Windsor in Canada. Tanya has a particular interest in health, family and food related issues.

Tanya is research active in Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture (MAINN) and is working on the project MUIMME (Milk Banking and the Uncertain Interaction between Maternal Milk and Ethanol).

Full Profile

Tanya is a Canadian born, Irish naturalized, fully trained sociologist who received her doctorate from the University of Chicago, with extensive teaching experiences and an active research program linked to the sociological social psychological study of health, gender, culture, family and food issues. In addition to recently joining the MAINN team, she co-organized an interdisciplinary conference on motherhood and culture at Maynooth University. Over her career she has been invited to present papers at meeting on either side of the Atlantic, and to participate in an European Science Foundation (ESF) workshop on alcohol and culture.

Tanya is an editor and reviewer for the journals Qualitative Sociological Review, Contemporary Drugs, Social Science and Medicine, Theory, Culture and Society, as well as the Sociology of Health and Illness. She has published a number of chapters and refereed journal articles, as well as co-edited two volumes on culture and breastfeeding (Bloomsbury), with two more volumes on mothers and food to be published with the Toronto based feminist press, Demeter. She has also been a reviewer for Pearson Press, and has contributed to online, television, radio and newspaper discussions regarding her research areas.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago, 1997
  • AM, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago, 1988
  • MA, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology, University of Windsor, 1987
  • BA, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology, University of Windsor, 1983

Publications

Cassidy, Tanya and El Tom, Abdullahi. (eds.) (2015) Ethnographies of Breastfeeding: Cultural contexts and confrontations. London: Bloomsbury Press.

Cassidy, Tanya M. (2014) ‘Secrets of Touch and the Sexualities of Birth.’ In Gibson, Margaret F. (ed.) Queering Maternity and Motherhood: Narrative and Theoretical Perspectives. Toronto: Demeter Press.

Cassidy, Tanya M. (editor). (2013) Breastfeeding: Global practices, challenges, maternal and infant health outcomes. Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Research Activities

  • 2015-2017. Marie Skłodowska Curie (MSC) Inter-European Fellowship entitled MUIMME (Milk Banking and the Uncertain Interaction between Maternal Milk and Ethanol), value just under €297,000.

  • 2013 with Abdullihi El Tom and Anne Matthews (DCU). Awarded STSMs
    (Short Term Study Missions) Joint Institute of Global Health (Maynooth University, RCSI, DCU), value €650 to host Dr. Karleen Gribble from Sydney, Australia.

  • 2010-2012 Cochrane Fellowship. Health Research Board of Ireland, National University of Ireland, Maynooth. For a review entitled “Psychosocial and cultural interventions to reduce alcohol consumption during lactation. “ Covers expenses and research costs for two days a week at senior research fellow level.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

I have taught at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Sociology, Anthropology and Health studies, in Ireland, the UK, Canada and the USA.

External Affiliations and Roles

  • Affiliated Senior Researcher, Department of Anthropology, Maynooth University, Ireland
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Criminology, University of Windsor, Canada

Conferences

 

Cassidy, Tanya (2015), ‘HIV, Milk Banking and Motherhood’ at the Motherhood and Culture conference, Maynooth University.

Cassidy, Tanya (2015), Chair for third day of MAINN conference.

Cassidy, Tanya (2015), Participated in ESRC Seminar series on Breastfeeding. Cardiff, UK.

Cassidy, Tanya (2015), Participant Transforming Midwifery and Maternity Care Conference in Dundee, Scotland.

Cassidy, Tanya (2014), ‘MUIMME: Milk baking and the Uncertain Interaction between Maternal Milk and Ethanol’, joint meeting UK Association of Milk Banking (UKAMB) and the European Milk Banking Association (EMBA) at Brunel University, UK.

Cassidy, Tanya (2014), Participated in the Cochrane in Ireland conference at DCU, Dublin.

Cassidy, Tanya (2012), Participant in a one day seminar on migration studies entitled ‘Rethinking Migration’ held at the Royal Irish Academy, and organized by faculty from NUIM and DCU.

Cassidy, Tanya (2012), Participant in a one day symposium entitled 'The Wounded Body’: Human vulnerability and disability in a finite world. The annual Irish Bishop’s conference. Organized by the Irish Centre for Faith and Culture in the Faculty of Theology at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth. The keynote speaker was Professor Julia Kristeva with whom I have been in personal contact following our interactions at this gathering.

Cassidy, Tanya (2012), ‘Making Moral Mothers: Homes for Inebriates in early twentieth century Ireland’, at the Mothers and History; Histories of Motherhood conference on behalf of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI).

Cassidy, Tanya (2012), ‘Tale of Two Sons: Human Milk Banking Case Studies’, HMBANA (Human Milk Banking Association of North America) bi-annual conference held in conjunction with the 4th International Human Milk Banking congress in Las Vegas, USA.

Cassidy, Tanya (2012) Invited to give a presentation on the regulation of human products; breastmilk as product at a workshop on breastmilk and breastfeeding, a response to the Baby Gaga Saga organised in the Law Department at Keele University, UK.

Cassidy. Tanya (2011) ‘Making a Stout Drinking Nation: Traces of liquid lines in Irish drinking cultures.’ (November) Invited to presented at the American Anthropological Association (AAA) annual conference in Montreal in a section entitled Producing the Self, Producing the Nation.

Cassidy, Tanya (2011) ‘Building Social Psychological Bridges with Booze and Breastmilk.’ Invited lecture in the Department of Sociology, McMaster (January).

Cassidy, Tanya (2010) Invited to give a plenary presentation entitled ‘History of Human Milk Banking.’ 3rd international human milk banking conference held in Milan, Italy. Inaugural congress for the European Milk Banking Association (EMBA) (October).

Cassidy, Tanya (2010) Invited to give a plenary presentation entitled ‘Irish Drinking Culture as viewed through travel narratives.’ ESF Exploratory Workshop ‘Historical Formation of European Drinking Cultures’ Warwick in Venice. (September).

Cassidy, Tanya (2010) ‘Ireland, Irish Women and Lactation Surrogacy: Imagining a world where it takes a community to feed a child.’ European Association of Social Anthropologist (EASA) bi-annual conference in Maynooth, Ireland (August).

Cassidy, Tanya (2010) ‘HIV/AIDS and Human Milk Banking: Controversy, complexity and culture around a global social problem.’ European Association of Social Anthropologist (EASA) bi-annual conference in Maynooth, Ireland (August).

Cassidy, Tanya (2010) ‘Politics, Porter, and Poitín: Contesting visions of alcohol consumption in eighteenth century Ireland.’ Intoxicants and Intoxication in Cultural and Historical Perspective Conference. Cambridge, UK. (July) Invited plenary.

Cassidy, Tanya (2010. ‘Alcohol, Ambivalence, and Autoethnography: The interaction between the state and the stranger, the pragmatism of public problems, and the moral order of meaning.’ The 27th Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference: Social Pragmatism as a Conceptual Foundation. Wilfred Laurier University, Brantford Campus. (May)

Cassidy, Tanya (2009) ‘A World History of Milk Banking: 100 years in 20 minutes.’ Centenary Celebration of the Donor Human Milk Banking. Vienna, Austria. Proceedings published in both English and German. Invited plenary.

Cassidy, Tanya (2009) ‘Ambivalence and Alcohol’. Ballymun Drugs Task Force Symposium, Message in A Bottle. (September) Invited plenary.

Cassidy, Tanya (2009) ‘From Booze to Breastmilk: Autoethnography, female consumption, and controversies in Ireland.’ KBS (Kettil Bruun Society) Annual Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark (June). Also invited to present a qualitative paper on these data.

Cassidy, Tanya M. and Maguire, Mark (2009)‘The New Irish Question? Citizenship, Motherhood and the Politics of Life Itself.’ Anthropology Association of Ireland Conference, Belfast, Ireland (May).

Cassidy, Tanya (2009) ‘Pumping for Preemies.’ Dept. of Neonatal Nursing, UCD, Ireland. (April) Invited.

Cassidy, Tanya (2008) Invited to give a plenary presentation entitled ‘Experiences of premature infants’ mothers in expressing milk for their babies.’ 23rd International Symposium on Neonatal Intensive Care, Milan, Italy (October).

Cassidy, Tanya (2008) Invited to give a plenary presentation entitled ‘Global history of milk banking’. 2nd International Meeting on Human Milk Banking, Milan, Italy (October).

Cassidy, Tanya (2007) Invited to give a plenary presentation entitled ‘A Tale of Two Sons: The uses of donor milk banking.’ International Milk Banking Association Meeting in Chester England (October).

Cassidy, Tanya (2006) ‘’Scorn Eunuch Sports’: Class, Gender and the Context of Early Cricket.’ American Sociological Association Conference in Montreal (Aug).

Cassidy, Tanya (2005) ‘For God, Home and Native Land: Temperance and the feminised politics of social justice’ Canadian Sociological and Anthropological Association Annual Conference in London, Ontario.

Cassidy, Tanya (2005) ‘Secrets of Touch and the Sexualities of Birth: Pregnancy, Performance and Pleasure.’ Canadian Sociological and Anthropological Association Annual Conference in London, Ontario.

Cassidy, Tanya (2005) ‘Ned Ward's Journalism and the Invention of Sociology.’ British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference in Oxford (January).

Cassidy, Tanya (2004) ‘Publican, Poet and Proto-Social Scientist: Ned Ward and the pre-history of Sociology.’ Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference in London (October).

Cassidy, Tanya (2004) ‘Catching Babies: Queer Theory and Eighteenth-Century Midwifery’. Queer People: Negotiations and Expressions of Homosexuality 1580-1850, Christ’s College, Cambridge. Invited

Cassidy, Tanya (2004)‘‘To Manlier Games Incline?': Cricket, Gender, Nation.’ Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference in Boston (March).

Cassidy, Tanya (2004) ‘‘The Political Culture of Brewing versus Distilling in Eighteenth Century Dublin and London.’ British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference in Cambridge (January).

Cassidy, Tanya (2003) ‘Arthur Guinness, Brewing and Upward Mobility in eighteenth century Ireland’. Eighteenth-century Ireland Society Annual Meetings, Trinity College, Dublin (May). Invited.

Cassidy, Tanya (2003) ‘The ‘pre-history’ of the Pioneers: Women, temperance, politics, and the praxis of ‘self-control’’. Sociological Association of Ireland annual meeting in Cavan (April).

Cassidy, Tanya (2002) Culture and Everyday Life. Invited to organise a regular session for American Sociological Association Annual Conference in Chicago (August).

Cassidy, Tanya (2002) ‘People, Performance and Place: Theoretically revisiting Mother Clap’s Molly House.’ Queer People: Negotiations and Expressions of Homosexuality 1580-1850, Christ’s College, Cambridge (July). Invited.

Cassidy, Tanya M. and Brunström, Conrad (2002) ‘‘Scorn Eunuch Sports: to manlier Games incline’: Cricket, Health and the Mock-Heroic.’. British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference in Cambridge (January).

Cassidy, Tanya (2002) ‘A Stout Drinking Nation: Ambivalence, identity and the political culture of leisure. ‘ Department of Psychology, Seminar Series, Loughborough University. Invited.

Cassidy, Tanya (2001) ‘Aunt Annie’s Pub: women, culture and public drinking.’ Women's Studies Network (UK) Annual Conference on Gender and Culture in Cheltenham (July).

Cassidy, Tanya (2001) ‘Health, Strength and Prosperity: Medicinal uses of brewed beverages in early modern England.’ Drink and Conviviality Conference held at the University of Reading (June).

Cassidy, Tanya (2001) ‘Critical review of Manuel Castells: The Information Age: Economy, Society, and Culture: Volume I, The Rise of the Network Society.’ Red Stripe Seminar Series. Newman House, UCD, Dublin (November). Invited.

Cassidy, Tanya (2001), ‘Making A Stout Drinking Nation: The Politics of Culture, Identity and The Everyday.’ Department of Sociology, University of Reading (March). Invited.

Cassidy, Tanya M. and Galvin, Treasa (2000), ‘Irish Asylum Policy and the Definition of Refugees’ Health Needs.’ Joint BSA MedSoc and European Medical Sociology meeting in York, England (May).

Cassidy, Tanya (2000), ‘The making of a stout-drinking nation: Sociological issues surrounding Irish identity and preferred choice of alcoholic beverage.’ KBS Annual Conference in Oslo, Norway (June).

Cassidy, Tanya M. and Galvin, Treasa (2000) ‘Irish Asylum Policy and Female Refugees’ Health Needs.’ SAI (Sociological Association of Ireland) meeting in Kilkenny (May).

Cassidy, Tanya (2000), ‘Have ye no homes to go to?: Symbolic socio-economic constructions of drinking time.’ BSA Annual Conference meeting in York (April).

Cassidy, Tanya (2000) The Land of Abstainers and Swallowers.’ Imperial College School of Medicine, University of London (May). Department of Social Science and Medicine. Invited.

Cassidy, Tanya (1999) Invited to give a plenary talk entitled ‘‘An alcoholic is someone you don’t like, who drinks as much as you do’: Reinterpreting ethnographic theory and alcohol policy’. Ethnography and Health Care meeting in London (October). Invited.

Cassidy, Tanya (1999) ‘‘Guinness is Good for You’: Moralised medicine and constructions of Irish drinking.’ BSA Medical Sociology Group meeting in York (September).

Cassidy, Tanya M. and Brunström, Conrad (1999) ‘‘Playing is a Science’: Reimagining the sociology of emotions.’’ American Sociological Association Annual Conference in Chicago.

Cassidy, Tanya (1999) International Medical Sociology Conference in London. I was invited by Peter Conrad and Michael Bury to participate in this important medical sociology conference in the theory group.

Cassidy, Tanya and Brunström, Conrad (1999), ‘‘Playing is a Science’: eighteenth-century actors’ manuals and the proto-sociology of emotion.’ British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference in Oxford.

Cassidy, Tanya (1998) ‘‘Guinness is Good for You’: Moralised medicine and constructions of Irish drinking.’ Consumption: Fantasy, Success and Desire in Liverpool.

Cassidy, Tanya (1998) ‘Going for a Jar: Leave the Car’, a study of Irish Drink-Driving campaigns and ambivalent attitudes to both drinking and driving in Ireland.’ International Sociological Association Conference in Montreal, Canada.

Cassidy, Tanya (1998) ‘The Land of Abstainers and Swallowers: competing images of drinking in Ireland.’ Kettil Bruun Society ce i

Cassidy, Tanya (1998) ‘Drinking in Eighteenth Century Ireland’. Eighteenth-century Ireland Society and Goldsmith Summer School conference in Longford, Ireland.

Cassidy, Tanya (1995) ‘Irish Drinking Worlds: A socio-cultural reinterpretation of Ambivalence.’ American Sociological Association Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

Cassidy, Tanya (1995), ‘A socio-cultural analysis of drinking in Ireland,’ SAI (Sociological Association of Ireland) meeting in Cork.

 

Conferences

CONFERENCE AND SESSION ORGANISATION

Cassidy, Tanya, Valerie Heffernan, Monagh Sullivan and Susan Gottlöber (2015), Main co-organizer of the conference Motherhood and Culture. June 15-17, 2015. Maynooth University.

Cassidy, Tanya (2010), Main organised of the workshop The breast milk problem: cultural considerations when mother's own milk is unavailable. European Association of Social Anthropologist (EASA) bi-annual conference in Maynooth, Ireland (August).

Cassidy, Tanya (2005), Canadian Sociology and Anthropological Association in London (May/June). I organized a session entitled The Sociology of Everyday Life and Citizenship.

Cassidy, Tanya (2002), American Sociological Association Annual Conference in Chicago (August). I organized and chaired a session on Culture and Everyday Life.

Cassidy, Tanya (1997), American Sociological Association Conference in Toronto, Ontario. Pertti Alasuutari and I organised a regular session on Culture and Drinking Behaviour.