Rebecca Shea Irvine
Rebecca Shea Irvine (she/her) has served as the Director for Research Development in the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) at the University of Michigan since 2021. Prior to joining IRWG, Rebecca held a joint appointment in the Center for Gender in Global Context and Global Innovations in Development, Engagement, and Scholarship (Global IDEAS) at Michigan State University. She has supported over 50 grant proposals ranging in size from a few thousand dollars to $15 million from funding agencies including NSF, NIH, NEH, various government departments and agencies, Global Affairs Canada, the European Commission, National Geographic, Social Science Research Council, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Russell Sage Foundation, among others. Rebecca has also contributed to numerous funded projects as a researcher focused on issues related to gender, disability, and inclusion and has served as a consultant for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), multiple Northern Irish government departments and agencies, Inclusion Europe, Plan International, CGIAR, and various other international NGOs.
Rebecca holds a B.A. in International Relations (James Madison College at Michigan State University), an M.A. in Comparative Ethnic Conflict and a Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy (both from Queen’s University Belfast). She identifies as a disabled woman of mixed European and Ojibwe heritage and holds citizenship rights and responsibilities in the United States, United Kingdom, and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.