Deirdre Raftery is Professor of the history of education, at the School of Education, University College Dublin. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and has held visiting fellowships at several universities, including the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. A Fulbright Alumna, Deirdre has eleven book publications and has contributed to television and radio documentaries in Ireland and the UK. Her work on the history of women religious has won several awards (Irish Research Council; Ireland-Canada University Foundation; University of Notre Dame Hibernian Award). Her latest and much acclaimed book is Nano Nagle: The Life and the Legacy (written in association with Catriona Delaney and Catherine Nowlan-Roebuck).