Maria holds an MA(hons) International Relations and Modern History and an MLitt(distinction) in Terrorism Studies from the University of St Andrews. She is currently working on a PhD thesis which aims to explore the role played by women, at both a political and a community level, in the Northern Irish Peace Process. Her project has a specific interest in the period leading up to the signing of the Good Friday Agreement on the 10th April 1998. Her thesis serves as a wider study on how gender constructs influence the capacities of women in the enabling and/or cessation of violence. Maria was awarded the 2015/16 Haruhisa Handa Studentship in Terrorism and Political Violence.
Working Thesis Title: More Than Just Tea Ladies! The Role of Women in Lowering Levels of Political Violence in the Northern Irish Peace Process 1990–2000
Supervisor: Dr Tim Wilson
Northern Irish conflict, peace process, and conflict legacy; Irish history; gender studies; terrorism studies; Peace making and peacebuilding; deeply divided societies
Dalton, Maria ‘With the Toss of a Wig! Mo Mowlam and the Belfast Agreement’, The Irish Times, 05/04/2018
‘More Than Just the New Tea Ladies? The Role of Women in the Northern Irish Peace Process 1996–1998’, paper presented at: International Studies Association 58th Annual Convention, 23/02/2017, The Baltimore Convention Centre, Baltimore, Maryland.
‘More Than Just Tea Ladies! The Potential of Women as Peacebuilders in a Post-Good Friday Northern Ireland’, paper presented at #Agreement20 Academic Public Engagement Project on the 20th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, 07/04/2018, Irish World Heritage Centre, Manchester.
IR2005 Theoretical Approaches to International Relations
IR2006 Issues in International Relations
IR4099 Dissertation Module