Máire Fedelma Cross, emerita professor at Newcastle University, was Director of Research for CNCS 2016 2017. Her research has been mainly focussed around the early nineteenth century Feminist Socialist writer and activist, Flora Tristan. In 2020 she was invited by a Paris publisher, Ampelos to write a biography of feminist Marie-Louise Puech (1876 1966) whose husband socialist historian Jules-L. Puech authored the first history of Flora Tristan in 1925. How he did so is related in her latest ground-breaking study, In the Footsteps of Flora Tristan. A Political Biography, (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2020). She has contributed articles and chapters in French and in English to works with an interdisciplinary approach to nineteenth century political ideas Her publications include The Letter in Flora Tristan’s Politics (Palgrave, 2004), a full translation of Tristan’s journal, Flora Tristan’s Diary: The Tour of France, 1843–1844 (Peter Lang, 2002), edited books entitled Gender and Fraternal Orders 1300–2000 (Palgrave, 2010) (with Caroline Bland) Gender and Politics in the Age of Letter-Writing, 1750–2000 (Ashgate, 2004), (with David Williams) The French Experience from Republic to Monarchy 1793-1830 (Palgrave 2000). She has promoted a transnational awareness of Irish feminists most recently in a book chapter ‘1919: Opportunities and Constraints for Women Activists: case studies of Marie-Louise Puech and Hanna Sheehy Skeffington’, for an edited volume on The Global Challenge of Peace: 1919 as a Contested Threshold to a New World Order, edited by Matt Perry (forthcoming with Liverpool Academic Press), through her article ‘Il y a un siècle, le mouvement pour le suffrage des femmes en Irlande’ Genre & Histoire. (2012) and entries on Irish women in the Dictionnaire universel des créatrices, (Des femmes, 2013).
From 2005 to 2013 she served as President of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France and from 2014 to 2017 was President of the society for the study of French History. She is currently on the editorial board of French History and is a member of the UK based learned society of French nineteenth century scholars which has a journal Dix-Neuf and the France based learned society of nineteenth century studies whose journal is RH19. Revue d’histoire du XIXe siècle.