Welcome

What’s your story? Who are you? How have you changed throughout your life?


My name is Christy Craig, and I’m a sociology professor at Fort Hays State University. I am conducting a research study to explore how Irish women construct and make sense of their life stories and create their own identity.

Are you an Irish woman who wants to share your life story? I’d like to hear from you.

Volunteer to take part in a study about what being an Irish woman means to you!

What takes place during the interviews?

The interview will focus on your life story, and what’s important to you when you think about who you are. Due to current social distancing guidelines, we’ll schedule a time for a password-protected Zoom meeting together. If you’d rather meet and talk in person, we can pick a place that’s convenient for you next summer (2022). I’d love to be able to sit down and chat over coffee, but since we’ll be talking online, I’ll send you a voucher to enjoy a snack or a coffee at Insomnia or Starbucks after our interview. These interviews are completely confidential.

If you are interested in participating in an interview, please provide your contact information and availability through our contact form, and I’ll contact you. If you prefer, you can email me at creatingidentity@fhsu.edu. You are not required to be interviewed, and you may change your mind about participating in this study at any time.

I will ask you a set of questions to get our conversation going but you should feel free to refuse to answer any of them and to bring up topics you would like to talk about. The interview will last anywhere from one to two hours, depending mostly on how much you want to talk – in general, interviews last about an hour. The interview will be recorded. Your name will not be associated in any way with the information collected about you or with the research findings from this study. I will use a pseudonym instead of your name. The recording will be protected with a password so that only I will have access to the password-protected files.

Who can participate in this study?

If you are an Irish woman over the age of 18, I’d love to hear from you!

What is this study about?

The purpose of this study is to explore how Irish women construct and make sense of their life stories and create their own identity. I’m especially interested in learning about what is most important to you as you tell me the stories of your life and what makes you who you are.

Contact Information

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. You may complete this contact form, or you may contact me at the email below:

Christy Craig, PhD
Principal Investigator
Department of Sociology
Fort Hays State University
FHSU IRB #1567610-1
creatingidentity@fhsu.edu