Lori Meghan Gallagher, J.D., Director of the Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas (UST) in Houston, was born in northeastern New Mexico to a cattle-ranching family that immigrated from Donegal, Ireland.
UST’s Irish Studies program has been listed among the top ten Irish Studies programs in the country. In 2010, UST named its Center after William J. Flynn, who was Chairman Emeritus of Mutual of America Insurance Company in New York and who played a significant role in facilitating the Irish peace process.
Ms. Gallagher teaches early Irish history, politics, law and culture, the Irish Peace Process, the Irish American Experience and Transformative Irish Women. She leads study abroad throughout Ireland.
Before joining UST in 2002, she was the partner-in-charge of the Appellate Section of Andrews Kurth LLP, where she practiced law for 18 years.
She received her undergraduate degrees in English and Journalism and her J.D. degree from the University of New Mexico. She received a postgraduate diploma in Irish Literature from Trinity College, Dublin on a Rotary Foundation Scholarship.
Her career at UST enables Ms. Gallagher to combine her Irish heritage and love of Irish literature, history, politics and culture with her legal background.