|Meet the Director|
Lori Meghan Gallagher, J.D., is the director of the William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies, a lecturer in Irish Studies and an attorney licensed to practice law in Texas. For 18 years, she practiced law at a large international law firm in Houston, Andrews Kurth LLP, where she was the chair of the civil appellate section and a partner.
She has been the director of the Center for Irish Studies since the Center’s creation in January 2003. She received her undergraduate degree in English and Journalism and law degree from the University of New Mexico (1980, 1984). She received a postgraduate degree in Irish Literature from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, in 1981 on a Rotary Foundation scholarship.
Gallagher has pioneered new Irish Studies courses on Irish and Northern Irish history, politics, law and culture, including Northern Ireland: The Conflict and the Peace; Historical and Political Perspectives on Irish Law and Culture; Irish Diaspora: Irish American Experience; and Contemporary Ireland: Society and Culture.
Gallagher oversees the Irish Studies academic program, which includes a minor in Irish Studies and a graduate concentration in the Master in Liberal Arts Program, as well as the Ireland Study Abroad Program and the Irish Studies Cultural Outreach Program.
The William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies is listed as one of the top 10 Irish Studies programs in the country by IrishCentral.com.
Gallagher also has received many accolades, including being named to the Global Irish 100 and Education 100 by Irish America magazine in 2009, as well as receiving the 2009 Irish American Leaders of Texas Award by Irish Echo newspaper and being selected as one of the honorees for the Mayor's Gala for the 2009 Houston International Festival featuring Ireland. She also served as the Grand Marshal for the 2011 Houston St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In 2014, Gallagher received the 2014 Irish Education Award from Irish Voice newspaper, and in 2015, she received the Irish Legal and Education 100 award from Irish Voice.
Most recently, Phi Beta Kappa, a national academic honor society, in Houston, Texas, named Gallagher the 2015 Outstanding Alumnus. In 2015, she was also elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Houston Board of Directors