Educated at NUI-Galway (BA, MA) and at the University of Oxford, Balliol College (D.Phil.). Assistant Professor of English, Southern Illinois University (2000-2001), National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, Keough Institute for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame (2002-2003). Teaching at University of Limerick from 2003 to the present. Teaching and research interests include literary and cultural cultural criticism and theory; literature and enlightenment; literature and science; poetry and music; Irish studies; and utopian/dystopian satire. Has published widely on eighteenth-century studies, utopian studies, and Irish writing in English, in journals such as The Review of English Studies, the Field Day Review, Utopian Studies, Eighteenth-Century Ireland, and History Ireland. Has contributed essays on eighteenth-century Ireland to collections of essays on colonial discourse, Clare history, and Edmund Burke. Has also co-edited (with Tom Moylan), Exploring the Utopian Impulse (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2007) and (with Breandán MacSuibhne) a special edition of Éire-Ireland on Irish Catholicism. Has contributed biographical essays on John Aikin and Charles Burney to the Gale Dictionary of Eighteenth-Century British Historians. A collection of essays on Irish visual culture, co-edited with Eoin Flannery, was published by Syracuse University Press in 2009. His edition of The Selected Writings of Thomas Dermody was published by Field Day Press in 2012; a monograph, Enlightenment in Ruins: The Geographies of Oliver Goldsmith, was published in July of 2013 by Bucknell University Press (paperback 2015). An edition of the poetry of Laurence Whyte was published by Bucknell UP in 2016. A new Cambridge edition of the letters of Oliver Goldsmith, co-edited with David O'Shaughnessy of Trinity College Dublin, was published in 2018. Awarded an Augustin Hamilton Parker Fellowship at Harvard University's Houghton Library November-December 2018. Currently editing a volume of Goldsmith's poetry, as part of a multi-volume Cambridge UP edition of Goldsmith's works.
Head of English, 2011-2014; Assistant Dean of Faculty (Academic Affairs), 2014-2017. Currently Head of School of English, Irish, and Communication.
Irish Studies, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Studies, Poetry, Poetics, Criticism and Theory; The History of the Magazine.
Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Literature; Irish Studies; Poetry, Poetics, and Rhetoric. Literary Theory and Criticism.
- 2012 Academic Regulations Committee (ARC),
- 2012 Academic Programmes Review Committee,
- 2005 Cumann Merriman,
- 2012 - NDLR people's Choice Award Winner 2012: National (LiNC) projects.
- 2008 - Mayers Fellowship, Huntington Library, San Marino California
- 2002 - National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships
- 2002 University of Oxford - Doctor of Philosophy
- 1997 University of Oxford - M.Sc.
- 1995 NUI - Master of Arts
- 1994 NUI - B.A.
- ordinary member, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
- Ordinary Member, Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society
- ordinary member, Utopian Studies Society
- ordinary member, American Conference for Irish Studies