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About Angeline Kearns Blain

VITAE Spring 2019

Angeline Kearns-Blain

2026 N. 16th Street Boise, Idaho 83702
(208) 389-1437
Dublin, Ireland


B.S. Sociology, 1985
Boise State University
M.A. U.S. History, 1988
Boise State University


Women’s Studies Seminar and
Sociology Graduate Seminar
Trinity College Dublin, 1989

Qualitative Methodology Workshop
Pacific Sociological Association
San Diego, California, 23-26 March, 2000


– Sociology of Peace
-Gender Studies
-Peace Studies


-American Association of Irish Studies/West
-International Sociological Association


1988-2009, Adjunct Professor
Department of Sociology, Gender Studies
Boise State University


1980. Contributor, Harrison Boulevard: Preserving the Past in Boise’s North End, edited by Todd Shallat and David Kennedy. Boise, Idaho: Boise State University.
1989. Contributor, Idaho 100: Stories From Idaho Century Citizens, edited by John Ohara Kirk. Helena, Montana: Falcon Press.
1992. “Children’s Images of the Gulf War.” Pp. 256-62 in The Images of War, edited by Will Wright & Steven Kaplan. Proceedings of the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery, Pueblo, Colorado.
1994. Tactical Textiles: A Genealogy Of The Boise Peace Quilt Project, 1981-1988. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 1994.
1999. “Juanita ‘Jay’ Uberuaga Hormaechea and the Boise Heritage School of Basque Dancing.” Pp. 192-211 in Portraits of the Basques in the New World, edited by Jeronima Echeverria and Richard Etulain. Reno: University of Nevada Press.
2000. Stealing Sunlight: Growing Up in Irishtown. Dublin, Ireland: A. & A. Farmar Book Publishers.
2009. I Used to Be Irish: Leaving Ireland, Becoming American. Dublin, Ireland: A. & A. Farmar,.
2018. Coauthor. Progressive Violence: Theorizing the War on Terror. Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought. New York: Routledge, 2018.


Immigrant: A Divided Heart. (Third Volume of trilogy: Stealing Sunlight, I Used to be Irish)


1985. “The Ballet and the Body: Three Steps in the Genealogy of a Political Practice.” Paper presented at the 11th Annual Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts Conference. New School for Research, New York, 27 October 1985.
1987, “An Oral History of The Boise Peace Quilt Project: A Symbolic Form of Political Practice.” 28th Annual Meeting of the Western Social Science Assn., Boise, ID.
1989, “The Boise Peace Quilt Project: Using Patchwork Quilts to Initiate Discourse.” The Conversation, Discourse, Conflict Conference, Research Committee for Sociolinguistics, International Sociological Association, Trinity College, Dublin.
1990, “Patchwork Politics,” 60th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, Spokane, WA.
1992, “Children’s Images of the Gulf War.” Annual Conference of the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery,” The Image of War,” Colorado Springs, Colorado, 1992.
1992. “Juanita Uberuaga Hormaechea and the Basque Heritage,” Annual Idaho Historical Conference, Boise, Idaho.
1995. “Traditional Dancing as a Symbolic Form of Ethnic and Civic Identity: the case of Boise, Idaho’s Basque Dancers,” 2nd Theory, Culture and Society Conference Berlin, Germany.
1997. “Dancing as a Symbolic Form of Identity Practice: The Invention of Basque Identity”, 68th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, April 17-20, San Diego, California.
2003. “”Writing Stealing Sunlight,” 19th meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies/West, (Oct. 10-12), Boise, Idaho.
2013. with Michael Blain “The Second Implantation of Munster: George “Lord” Bennett of Bandon, Ireland and the “White” Settlement of Bandon, Oregon.” In Moving Forward Into the Past: Three Means of Reading History, Jodie Chilson, Chair. American Conference of Irish Studies/West. (27 September), San Francisco, California.
2016. With Michael Blain. “Theorizing the War on Terror.” In Sociological Theory (RC16) Conference. Selwyn College, International Sociological Association (27-29 June, 2016) Cambridge UK.
2018. “Progressive Violence: Theorizing the War on Terror,” Session on Biopolitics, Victimage Ritual and the War on Terror, Research Committee 18: Political Sociology, ISA World Congress, Toronto, Canada.


1989 (May) speaker, “Patchwork for Peace,” to “Women Together,” Belfast, Northern Ireland.
1990 (May) speaker, “A Sociology of Women’s Hats,” Boise Branch of AAUW Idaho Centennial Luncheon, Boise, Idaho
1992 (January) speaker, “The 1990’s: Women and Politics, Empowerment Through Action,” Idaho Women’s Network, Boise, Idaho.
1992 (January) speaker, “Do Women Exist?”, Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Celebration. Boise State University, Boise, Idaho.
1993 (March) “Juanita Uberuaga Hormaechea, Mother of the Boise Basque Dance,” The Friends of the Historical Museum, Historical Tuesday’s Program, Boise, Idaho.
1994 (March) “Memories of a Dublin Girl: Growing Up Irish.” “Celebrating Women’s Lives.” Women’s History, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho.
1995 (March), reading from Tactical Textiles presented as part of Women’s History Month. Boise State University, Boise, Idaho.
1997 (July) reading from Stealing Sunlight, Borders Bookstore, Boise, Idaho.
1997 (December) speaker, “Women and War in the Third World,” sponsored by Coalition of Student ACLU and Feminist Consciousness, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho..
1999 (January 20) Keynote Address, “Tactical Textiles,” Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Dinner, Boise, Idaho.


1989 (April) Chaired Session at Sociological Association of Ireland Conference, Galway.
1991/1992, coordinator, Idaho Aids Quilt project.
1998-2000, Pacific Sociological Association Committee on the Status of Women.
1999 Session Organizer, “Women’s Empowerment and Social Movements,” 70th Annual Pacific Sociological Association (April 15), Portland, Oregon.
2015 Session Organizer, “Political Sociology of the War on Terrorism. Part II,” 3rd ISA Forum of Sociology (10-14 July) Vienna, Austria.
2016 and Angeline Kearns Blain. Organizer and Presider, RC18: Political Sociology sessions on “The War on Terror, Part I and Part II,” 3rd International Sociological Association Forum of Sociology, Universitat Wien, Vienna, Austria ( WWW.ISA-SOCIOLOGY.ORG/FORUM-2016 ).