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Politics & Public Administration

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Dr Adina Preda

Theories of rights, distributive and global justice, egalitarian theories of justice, justice and health.

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Dr Andrew Shorten

Normative Political Theory; Multiculturalism and Minority Rights; Pluralism; Toleration; Religious Accommodation; Nationalism; Normative Aspects of Language Policy; Normative Theories of Federalism; Theories of Justice

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Dr Bernadette Connaughton

Political-administrative reform; Public policy process in Ireland; Europeanisation; Environmental policy

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Dr Chris McInerney

Public administration and social justice; Civic engagement; Participatory Democracy; Civil Society in Ireland and in an international development context.

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Dr Frank Haege

European Union Politics Legislative Politics Policy-Making Politics of Imperial Germany (1866-1918)

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Dr Maura Adshead

Irish politics and public policy, comparative public policy, Europeanization and policy change, emancipatory research methods and community oriented research

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Prof Neil Robinson

Russian politics, particularly political economy and political development; Comparative politics of post-communist states; Comparative politics of non-democratic regimes

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Dr Owen Worth

International Political Economy; International Relations; The Politics of Resistance; Regionalism; The European Left; The Far Right; Globalisation; British Politics; Post Communist Russia

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Dr Rory Costello

EU politics; Elections, parties, voters; Democratic representation

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Dr Scott Fitzsimmons

International Security; War; Conflict; Private Security Companies; Mercenaries; International Norms; Constructivism; Canadian Defence Policy

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Prof Tom Lodge

Political responses to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa; South African political history; Contemporary South African politics

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English, Irish, and Communication

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Dr Aengus Finnegan

Irish placenames, surnames and personal names; historical language shift in Ireland; historical dialectology of the Irish language in Leinster/the midlands; the Schools' Folklore Collection 1937-8.

Ainmeolaíocht na Gaeilge, canúineolaíocht, béaloideas, stair na Gaeilge i lár na tíre.

 

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Dr Ann Marcus Quinn

Open Educational Resources OERs; Instructional Design; e-Learning; Distance Education; Usability; Education

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Dr Christina Morin

Gothic; Irish Gothic; Romantic-era fiction in Britain and Ireland; Irish women's writing; 18th and 19th c. print culture; Book history

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Dr Darina Slattery

Virtual Teams; Online Collaboration; Instructional Design; Technical Communication; Information Design/Architecture; E-Learning Design and Development; Digital Literacies for Higher Education; Continuing Professional Development for Online Teachers; Automatic Content Analysis of Online Financial Documents

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Dr David Coughlan

Late 20th and 21st-century literature, particularly American fiction (e.g. Paul Auster, Don DeLillo, Toni Morrison, Marilynne Robinson, Philip Roth);

graphic novels and comics (e.g. Grant Morrison);

literary and critical theory, particularly Jacques Derrida's work on ghosts and spectrality.

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Dr Deirdre Ní Loingsigh

Adult language learners; transformative learning; work-based language learning; minority language advising; language policy and organisational change; Participatory Action Research; language learning beyond the classroom; learning spaces; language anxiety; and language support networks.

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Dr Fergal Quinn

Broadcast journalism, media ethics, globalisation and journalism, journalism and its relationship with democratic development, journalism training, journalism development in post conflict and developing world environments

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Gordon Ó Riain

Language and literature of Early Modern Irish (1200-1650); Historical development of the Irish language; Palaeography and textual criticism of Irish Teanga agus Litríocht na Nua-Ghaeilge Moiche; Forbairt stairiúil na Gaeilge; Léann na Lámhscríbhinní agus An Eagarthóireacht Théacsúil.

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Henry Silke

Political Economy of Communications and the Media, Financial and Economic Journalism, Political Journalism, Investigative Journalism, New forms of Media, Social Media, Social Media and Political Organisation, Ideology and Hegemony, Power and the Media, Political Communications, Alternative Media, Journalistic Practice and Working Conditions. 

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Prof Joseph O'Connor

Creative Writing

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Prof Margaret Harper

Irish and American literature of the twentieth and current century, modernisms, modern and contemporary poetry, and transnational feminist theory; W. B. Yeats.

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Dr Michael J. Griffin

Irish studies: poetry, fiction, film. Literature in the long eighteenth-century (1660-1830) Utopian/dystopian satire. Literature and music Literature and Science.

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Dr Sile De Cléir

Folk material culture, especially cloth and dress traditions; Transformations from folk to fashionable dress; Popular religious reading for Catholics in 19th and 20th century Ireland; Popular Catholicism in urban Ireland in the early to mid-twentieth century; Heroic storytelling in the Irish folk tradition; Indo-European wonder-tale in Ireland

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Dr Tina O’Toole

Irish literature and cultural studies; women’s agency; dissident sexualities; diasporic / transnational positions and representations; Irish fiction, autobiography, and popular culture (1880-present), specifically on issues of gender and sexuality; feminist and queer activism; migrant and transnational writing. 

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Dr Yvonne Cleary

Technical communication in Ireland; virtual teams; online learning

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Irish World Academy of Music and Dance

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Dr Aileen Dillane
Ethnomusicologist, traditional Irish and popular music specialist with interest in:
Global Irish musics
Protest musics 
Music, politics and society
Urban soundscapes and critical citizenship
Global Irish music - Irish-America/Irish-Australia 
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Carl Corcoran contact
Dr Catherine Foley contact
Dr Colin Quigley contact
Dr Eleanor Giraud contact
Dr Grant McLay contact
Prof Helen Phelan contact
Dr Hilary Moss contact
Jean Downey contact
Dr Jenny Roche contact
Dr Kathleen Turner contact
Dr Mats Melin contact
Prof Mel Mercier contact
Dr Niall Keegan contact
Dr Niamh NicGhabhann contact
Dr Orfhlaith NiBhriain contact
Dr Oscar Mascareñas
Composition & Improvisation 
Gregorian chant
Contemporary performance
Poetry
Musicology
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Dr Sandra Joyce contact
Dr Tríona McCaffrey contact
Dr Yonit Kosovske contact

History

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Dr Alistair Malcolm

Cultural and Political History of seventeenth-century Spain

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Prof Anthony McElligott

Modern Germany/Nazism/Holocaust/European Social Cultural History (especially interwar years and Second World War)

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Dr Ciara Breathnach

Irish Social and Medical History.

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Dr David Fleming

Social, cultural and political history of eighteenth-century Ireland

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Dr Richard Kirwan

Early modern European history with a focus on the German-speaking lands of the Holy Roman Empire; social and cultural history of early modern universities, early modern print culture, early modern elites, and the culture and politics of religious conversion.

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Dr Ruán O'Donnell

Modern Irish Troubles; History of the Irish Republican Movement worldwide; Irish political prisoners

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Sociology

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Dr Amanda Haynes

Hate crime or hostile prejudice, based on ethnicity, racialized identity, religion, residence status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or sex characteristics

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Dr Breda Gray

The politics of gender/sexuality, migration, diaspora and religion in relation to contemporary governing processes.  On-going research projects include: gender, sexuality and migration; the Irish Catholic church and the project of migrant integration; the politics of state diaspora engagement; gender and post-Fordist work/life.

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Dr Brendan Halpin

Quantitative methods; longitudinal research in labour market, family formation and dissolution, fertility; educational homogamy; stratification and social mobility

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Dr Carmel Hannan

Family Change; Child Wellbeing; Educational Inequality; friendship, changes in family formation, unemployment duration, subject choice, policy evaluation, the effects of growing up in a one- parent family on child development; family processes; reproduction of inequality across the life-course.

 

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Dr Carmen Kuhling

Social Change in Ireland, Cultural Theory and Social Transformation, Gender Theory and the Body, Austerity and Social Movements, Neoliberalism and Social Change 

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Prof Eoin Devereux

Music Fandom and Fan Cultures; ;Political Economy of Media;Media Ownership;Media Audiences; Media Representations of the Social World; Media Representations of Stigmatised Neighbourhoods; Media Representations of Class Inequality;Popular Music

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Dr Lee Monaghan

Sociology of the body (e.g. the obesity debate, bodybuilding and steroids), risk, gender, sexualities, neoliberalisation, health and illness. More recent work includes an interrogation of the global financial crisis post-2008.

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Dr Martin Power

Urban Regeneration and Gentrification; Representations of the financial crisis; Social Protest; The Welfare State and Neoliberalism

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Dr Orla McDonnell

The politics of health (health policy, mental health, reproductive health); the intersection of bioethics and biopolitics; media framing and abortion discourse; social theory and health

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Law

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Dr Andrea Ryan

Comparative Criminal Justice; Law of Evidence; EU Criminal Justice

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Catriona Moloney contact
Eimear Spain

Health, criminal and constitutional law. One of her key interest areas is in the field of law and emotions which draws on disciplines such as neuroscience and psychology

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Eoin Quill

International Commercial and Economic Law Research Group 

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Dr Gerard Coffey

Double jeopardy law in common law jurisdictions; ne bis in idem in the prosecution of transnational crimes within the EU; ne bis in idem and complementarity in international criminal law; conflicts of jurisdiction in criminal cases; comparative constitutional provisions on the principles of double jeopardy and ne bis in idem; collateral challenges to an acquittal or conviction.

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Jennifer Schweppe

Hate crime and medical law, in particular, abortion and the law. Her work in the area of hate crime looks at the criminalisation of bias motivation, and explores the potential of introducing hate crime offences in an Irish context. Her work in the area of medical law looks primarily at consent, and the Irish context to abortion law and its reform. 

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Dr Kathryn O'Sullivan

Property law and family law, particularly the point of intersection, family property law. I also have an interest in Sharia law, particularly Islamic family law.

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Dr Laura Cahillane

Constitutional Law, constitutional history, administrative law, comparative law

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Laura Donnellan

Law and the Application to Sport-Alternative Dispute Resolution and Sport, Doping, Animals in Sport (Fox Hunting and Horse Racing, Doping and Animals)

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Lydia Bracken contact
Dr Margaret Fitzgerald-O'Reilly

Criminology, criminal justice, criminal procedure, ex -offenders 

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Prof Paul McCutcheon contact
Prof Raymond Friel

Commercial Law with an international focus

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Prof Shane Kilcommins

Penology; Criminal Law; Evidence Law; Criminal Procedure; Jurisprudence; Victimology; Pedagogy

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Dr Susan Leahy

Sexual offences and criminal law and procedure generally, as well as feminist legal theory, family law and medical law.

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Modern Languages & Applied Linguistics

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Barbara Geraghty

Learner motivation in second language acquisition; Intercultural contact; Migration and language acquisition; The literature of peripheral communities in Japan, notably Okinawa

 

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Dr Barrie Wharton

Sport and Globalization, Islam and Europe, Spain and Europe, Spanish Civil War, Film studies.

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Dr Cinta Ramblado

Gender, Memory and Representation in Contemporary Spain; Transitional politics, memory and discourse in the Hispanic World; Comparative approaches to discourses/constructions of femininity (Ireland-Spain).

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Dr David Atkinson

Sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, language ideologies, language policy; all with particular reference to Catalonia, Spain and Ireland.

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Dr Elaine Riordan

English language teaching and teacher education, the discourse of communities of practice, corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, new technologies and language teaching/learning and computer-mediated communication. 

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Dr Elaine Vaughan

Corpus linguistics and corpus-based discourse analysis; Pragmatics; English language teacher education and professional discourse; Community, identity and Communities of Practice; Spoken Irish English and Irish English in the media; Humour and laughter in natural and constructed discourse. 

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Dr Fiona Farr

Reflective practice in language teacher education, including teaching practice and feedback, corpus linguistics and language teaching, language teacher education, spoken language corpus linguistics, Irish-English, language learning and technology.

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Dr Freda Mishan

Language Learning Materials Development; Blended Learning/Technology and Language Learning; Problem-based learning

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Dr Gisela Holfter

German literature 19th-21st century (especially travel literature, migration and transcultural literature); Irish-German Studies; Exile Studies; Business German and German for specific purposes

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Prof Helen Kelly Holmes

Sociolinguistics; Multilingualism (esp. economic aspects); Language and Media; TESOL

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Dr Jean Conacher

GDR Studies; literature and film in post-unification Germany; language-in-education policy, pedagogy and practice; new language-learning environments

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Dr Joachim Fischer

Irish-German connections and mutual images; Travel writing in Ireland and Germany; Utopian writing in Ireland and Germany; German cinema; Cultural policy in the EU

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Dr Liam Murray

Games-Based Language Learning; Gamification; MOOCs; Technology and Language Acquisition: blogs, social media, teacher education.

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Dr Mairead Moriarty

Media Sociolinguistics, media representations (television and on line) critical discourse analysis, semiotics, linguisitc landscapes, language policy and planning, minority language revitalisation

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Dr Mariano Paz

Film studies; Latin American studies; film genres; science fiction cinema and literature; utopian and dystopian fiction; Argentinean literature and visual culture, and urban representations in Latin American cinemas.

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Dr Marieke Krajenbrink

Crime Fiction (in particular Austrian and German, and from an international comparative perspective); Contemporary Austrian and German Literature; Developments in Comparative Literature and Word and Image Studies; Irish-German, Irish-Austrian and Irish-Swiss relations in literature (20th and 21st century); German Romanticism

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Dr Marta Giralt

My Research interest are in the broad area of Applied Linguistics, particularly in: SLA; Second/Foreign Language Teacher Education; Intercultural Communication; Technology and Language Learning & Computer mediated Communication; Spanish Pronunciation; Film and Media pedagogy for Language Learning 

 

 
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Dr Michael G. Kelly

Modern and contemporary poetry and poetics in French; Vectors and discourses of utopia; Theories and treatments of space in literary thought; The subject and the work of writing, with specific reference to literary individuation; Cognitive mapping in contemporary European literature; Interdisciplinary approaches to textual interpretation; Law, language and literature; Developments in the fields of comparative literature and critical theory

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