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Rebecca Shea Irvine

Assistant Dean for Research, Creative Practice, and Graduate Education


Portrait of Rebecca Shea Irvine


Curriculum Vitae
  • Executive MBA (expected 2025), Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan
  • PhD, Social Policy, Queen’s University Belfast (Northern Ireland)
  • MA, Comparative Ethnic Conflict, Queen’s University Belfast (Northern Ireland)
  • BA, International Relations, James Madison College at Michigan State University

Rebecca Shea Irvine (she/her) previously served as the Director for Research Development in the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) at the University of Michigan. In this role, she supported faculty spanning a wide-range of disciplinary backgrounds, including the arts, in designing fundable research projects. Prior to joining IRWG in 2021, 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. Over the past few years, she has supported nearly 100 grant proposals, ranging in size from a few thousand dollars to multi-million dollar projects.

Rebecca's scholarship centers on issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, and is often linked to the impact of social justice activism. In her spare time, she enjoys sewing, knitting, beading, graphic design, and creating mixed media art, as well as running a small business where she sells her creations. 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.