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Recent PhD Graduates

Below is a list of some of our recent PhD graduates (since c.2003) with details of job placements and current research projects where possible.
Claire Bracken, PhD, Feminist Futures: Feminism and Postmodernism in Contemporary Irish Culture
(Dr Bracken is now Visiting Assistant Professor (Irish Literature) in Union College, NY)
Susan Cahill, PhD, Bodyscapes: mapping the body in the novels of Anne Enright, Colum McCann, and Éilis Ní Dhuibhne. 
(Dr Cahill is now Research Co-ordinator for the GREP PhD programme in Gender, Culture and Identity in UCD)
Sinead Connors, PhD, Explorers at the Edge: Mapping the Boundaries of Power in Old and Middle English Literarture, with Special Attention to Medieval Romance
Siobhan Condron; PhD, A History of the Reception, Transmission and Dissemination of Julian of Norwich’s Longer Text in the Seventeenth , Eighteenth and Ninetheenth Centuries
Enrica Cerquoni, PhD, Ways of Seeing: Theories, and Performance Images, of Space and Woman in the Plays of Anne Devlin and Marina Carr, in the Context of Theatrical Realism and Early Twentieth-Century Irish Theatre
Éamonn Dunne, PhD, Acts of Reading: J Hillis Miller
Juliet Hewish, PhD, Living on the Edge: A Study of the Translations of the Life of St Martin into Old English, Middle Irish and Old Norse-Icelandic
Barbara Hughes, PhD, Negotiating Identities in Eighteenth-Century Ireland: The Autobiographical Writings of Mary Leadbeater and Dorothea Herbert
(Dr Hughes now lecturer in English at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire) 
Cordula Gehse, PhD, The Novels of the Northern 'Troubles'
(Dr Gehse is now a senior English teacher in a Dusseldorf school) 
Jarlath Killeen, PhD, Oscar Wilde and Catholicism
(Dr Killeen is now lecturer in Nineteenth-Century English Literature at Trinity College Dublin)
Heather Laird, PhD, A Law Stronger than the Law: The Land War in Legal and Literary Texts
(Dr Laird is now a lecturer in University College Cork)
Dervila Layden, PhD, Genre and Social Change in Contemporary Irish Literature and Film 1990-2001
Aoife Leahy, PhD, The Raphaelesque versus the Pre-Raphaelite in Victorian Fiction: 1850-1900
Chiara Lucarelli, PhD, Behind the Mask: Pirandello and Irish Theatre
(Dr Lucarelli is now Professor of English with the American University in Rome)
Angelina Lynch, PhD, A critical introduction to, and an annotated edition of Ter Tria by Faithful Teate (c. 1626-1666)
(Dr Lynch is now a post-doctoral fellow in UCD, preparing a series of edited 17th and 18th century texts, 'The Literature of Early Modern Ireland', for publication)
Aintzane Legarreta Metxaza, PhD, Deleuze and Postmodern Cinema
Paul McGuirk, PhD, The Films of Neil Jordan
Emer McManus, PhD, A Critical Edition of Heywood's play 'How a man may choose good wife from bad'
Gerald Naughton, PhD, The Great Discontinuity: African-American Reconstructions of the American Family Idyll
Shawn Nichols-Boyle, PhD, Writing in an Oral Tradition: Creating a Literary Voice in the Works of Maria Edgeworth, William Carleton and Sherman Alexie
Carmel Nolan, PhD, Representations of Men and Masculinity in the Novels of Jane Austen
(Dr Nolan is now a tutor in English and part-time teacher in Adult Education)
Ana Nunes, PhD, Representations of History in the Fiction of African American Women Writers
Katherine O'Callaghan, PhD, The Space Between: Music and Language in the Writings of James Joyce
Helen O'Connell, PhD, Aesthetic of Plainness: Carleton and the Literature of Improvement
(Dr O'Connell is now lecturer in English at the University of Durham)
Sarah O'Connor, PhD, Women and Cultural Change in Ireland, 1960-2000: Bilingualism, Regionalism and Translation
(Dr O'Connor is now Assistant Professor in the University of St Michael's College in the University of Toronto)
Diana Perez-Garcia, PhD, Post-Colonial Baroque: Joyce, Marquez and Faulkner
(Dr Perez-Garcia is now a tutor in UCD)
James Pribek, PhD, Prelatic Beauty: Newman and Joyce 
(Dr Pribek is now a Professor in the Department of English, Canisius College, Buffalo, New York)
Emma Radley, PhD, Uncanny Interlocutions: The Dynamics of the Real in Contemporary Cinema
(Dr Radley is now Senior Teaching and Research Fellow, GREP in Gender, Culture and Identity, UCD)
Malcolm Sen, PhD, Orientalism and Irish Modernism
Carmen Szabo, PhD, Clearing the Ground: The Field Day Theatre Company and the Construction of Irish Identities
(Dr Szabo, is now lecturer in Theatre at the University ofSheffield)
Enrico Terrinoni, PhD, Joyce, Swedenborg and Neo-Platonism
(Dr Terrinoni is now a lecturer at the University of L'Aquila, Italy)
Brian Thomson, PhD, Graham Greene and the Politics of Popular Fiction and Film
(Dr Thomson has set up a film company in New York)
Kevin Wallace, PhD, "In love and darkness": Representations of the subject in crisis in the theatres of Marina Carr and Sarah Kane
(Dr Wallace is now lecturer in Twentieth Century Irish Literature at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire)