Assoc Prof Derval Conroy

1994: Graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BA (First Class Hons) in French and English.

1994/ 95: Étudiante étrangère à l’École normale supérieure de Fontenay Saint-Cloud

1995: DEA (Lettres françaises) at the Université de Paris III – la Sorbonne nouvelle

2001: PhD, Trinity College Dublin

2008: Diploma in Third-Level Teaching and Learning, UCD

Lecturer / Assistant Professor at Trinity College Dublin, 1998-2004.

Lecturer / Assistant Professor at University College Dublin, 2004-2017.

Associate Professor at University College Dublin, 2017 to present.


La Chymie charitable et facile, en faveur des Dames

One of Dr Derval Conroy’s (French and Francophone Studies) research interests is early modern feminisms and the history of equalityHere she presents the copy of Marie Meurdrac’s La Chymie charitable et facile, en faveur des Dames (1674, first edition 1666) held in Marsh’s Library, Dublin, and talks about women in science and the early modern debate regarding gender equality. (Filmed in Marsh’s Library by Vermillion Design as part of the IRC-funded ‘Books in Dublin’ app. © UCD Research).

RTE’s The History Show

Dr Derval Conroy from French and Francophone Studies talks to Myles Dungan on RTE’s The History Show about early modern women writers and the original La Belle et la Bête, the early modern French fairy tale written by Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve on which the Disney blockbuster is based.


As the question of women and government remains ever more topical, Dr Derval Conroy of French and Francophone Studies discusses the 700-year-old debate regarding women and government in France with Myles Dungan on RTE’s History Show.