Postgraduate Researchers





Maha Hamoud Alatawi

Thesis Title: Realism in Conor McPherson's Dramatic Art: Global Perspective


I work as a lecturer at Prince Sattam bin AbdulAziz University in Saudi Arabia and am currently on leave to pursue a doctoral degree in Drama Studies. I have a master’s degree in English Literature. Areas of interest are modern and contemporary English drama, realism, and intercultural studies.

Supervisor: Professor Eamonn Jordan


Jaclyn Allen

Thesis Title: The (Self) Configurations of the Woman Poet in Ireland and Britain, 1930-1950


Jaclyn Allen’s doctoral project concentrates on mid-twentieth century English and Irish women poets with case studies of Temple Lane, Freda Laughton, Elizabeth Daryush, and Ruth Pitter.  She holds an M.A. in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama from UCD and a B.A. in English Literature from Washington University in Saint Louis (USA).

Supervisor: Associate Professor Lucy Collins


Taylor Allgeier-Follett

Thesis Title:  Examining women in the family in contemporary Irish literature Taylor Allgeier-Follett


Taylor holds a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.Phil in Irish Writing from Trinity College Dublin. Taylor's current research focuses on female characters as they relate to the family in contemporary Irish fiction, including works from authors such as Elske Rahill, Anne Enright, and Niamh Campbell. Additional research interests include gender studies, LGBTQ+ writing in Ireland and beyond, and LGBTQ+ representation in contemporary media. 


Supervisor: Professor Anne Fogarty




brandibyrdBrandi Byrd

Thesis Title: Ethics of Memory and Narrative in Contemporary Irish Fiction


MA University of Kentucky, 2012

BA University of South Carolina, 2010

Brandi’s research investigates the ways that contemporary Irish fiction, in its responsiveness to particular social and cultural anxieties, negotiates new ethical, narrative strategies for remembering the recent past.

Supervisor: Associate Professor Emilie Pine


Amanda Byrne  

Thesis Title: Reading Testimony: Giorgio Agamben, Samuel Beckett and Primo Levi


2014-2016            Higher Diploma in English Literature at UCD

2016-2017            MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at UCD

2019-                    Structured PhD programme at UCD

Supervisor: Professor John Brannigan


Louisa Carroll  

Thesis Title: ' Something in the Water': An Eco-critical and Psychogeographical Investigation of the Relationship between 20th and 21st Cebturt Irish Writers and the Grand Canal


Louisa has a B.A. in English and Art History and an M.A. in Drama and Performance Studies from UCD. She is an Irish Research Council Doctoral Scholar (2017-2021) and a Resident Scholar at UCD Humanities Institute. Recently her work has appeared in The Irish Times, Sunday Times and Books Ireland. 

Online Profile : @CanalWriters

Supervisor: Professor John Brannigan


Lauren Cassidy  

Thesis Title: “Without her, without at least the possibility of her … I felt infibulated”: The Homogenisation of Feminist and Homonational Agendas in Contemporary Sovereignty Stories.


Lauren was awarded her Bachelor of Arts in English and History in 2018, and Master of Arts in English in 2019, both at the University of Limerick. She is currently researching the appropriation of Irish mythology’s sovereignty goddess for feminist and homonational agendas in contemporary literature.

Supervisor: Professor Gerardine Meaney


Niels Caul  

Thesis Title: “You could do nothing in Dublin”: Irish Print Culture and the Early Works of James Joyce, 1882-1922


Niels Caul holds a B.A. in Single Honours English and an M.A. in American Literature both from UCD. His current research assesses the broader cultural, historical, social, economic, and political developments in Ireland through the lens of Irish publishing history, with specific reference to the early work of James Joyce. 

Supervisor: Dr Luca Crispi


Gráinne Daly‌  

Thesis Title: From pitch to the page: the geographics of sports fiction and the politics of space in The Game  


Gráinne is an IRC scholar who holds a B.A from Trinity College Dublin and an M.A from Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated from UCD with an M.A in Creative Writing in 2017. She is writing a novel as a research by practice component of her Ph.D in Creative Writing. Her current research focuses on sport and remembrance culture in Irish literature.  


Dr Paul Perry,  Dr. Lee McGowan (USC Brisbane)


Suchismita Dattagupta 

Thesis Title: Reading Hair as a Symbol of Resistance among African-American Women from 1920s-1980s


I pursued my BA and MA in English from St. Xavier’s College and Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, respectively. I completed MPhil in English Studies from Christ University, Bengaluru, India. I taught under-graduate classes while pursuing MPhil. My current research interest is African-American literature, Gender Studies, Modernism and Hair symbolism.


Dr Katherine Fama & Dr Maria Stuart


David Deacon

Thesis Title: ‘Varieties of Irreligious Experience’: Atheism in Contemporary American Literature.


David is a final year PhD candidate. His thesis focuses on the visibility and variety of atheistic expression in contemporary American fiction as a response to the post-secular turn in literary studies. He completed his BA (History & English) and MA (American Literature) at UCD. Further details here:

Supervisors: Professor John Brannigan and Dr Maria Stuart



Kevin Doherty


Kevin completed a BA in English in 2018 followed by an MA in Anglo-Irish Literature in 2019.

His current research is focused on the workings of childhood memory in the poetry of Seamus Heaney.

He’d like it to be known that he can’t believe his luck and only hopes that it holds.


Supervisor: Dr. Catriona Clutterbuck







Jun Du 

Thesis Title: The Awakening of Female Consciousness in and by Contemporary Irish Women’s Writing


I attended UCD for MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama, and Beijing Foreign Studies University for MA in Irish Studies. My current research focuses on analysing the awakening of female consciousness in and by contemporary Irish Women’s writing through gender theory and exploring international readers’ responses to Irish women’s writing.

Supervisor: Professor Margaret Kelleher


Sarah Anne Dunne  

Thesis Title: #RapeCulture: An Analysis of Manifestations of Rape Culture on Social Networking Site Twitter


Sarah is a doctoral student interested in feminist and critical theory, rape culture and social media analysis. She received a MA in Gender, Sexuality and Culture in 2013 and an Arts BA from NUI Maynooth in 2012.She has a forthcoming publication in Gender Hate Online: Understanding the New Anti-Feminism.

Supervisor: Dr Anne Mulhall


Bernadette Fox‌ 

Thesis Title : Adrift on the Sea in Beckett’s Prose: An Ecocritical Reading for the Anthropocene


BA International in English, University College Dublin, 2011 - 2015.

MPhil: Irish Writing in English, Trinity College Dublin 2015 - 2016.

PhD English, University College Dublin, 2018 - present.

Supervisor: Professor John Brannigan


Iseult (Izzy) Fox‌

Thesis Title : Ireland’s Facebook Feminists and the Fourth Wave


This research situates contemporary feminism in Ireland within the recent upsurge in feminist activism internationally, known as the fourth wave. The thesis interrogates the way in which Irish and international case studies are representative of a ‘new’ feminist wave, in terms of the tactics adopted and the ideologies espoused. 

Supervisor: Dr Anne Mulhall


Rosanne Gallenne

Thesis Title: The Trope of the Garden in Poetry by Women in Ireland: A Space of (Re)Definition.


Bio: Rosanne holds a BA in Foreign and Regional Literatures, Languages and Civilizations from the Catholic University of the West (France) where she studied English, Spanish and Russian. She completed her MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at UCD in 2018 before undertaking her PhD under the supervision of Associate Professor Lucy Collins. Located at the intersection of ecofeminist and affect theories, her thesis explores Irish women poets' re-appropriation of the trope of the garden, from the mid-twentieth century to the present days.


Supervisor: Associate Professor Lucy Collins 



Marty Gilroy 

Thesis Title : Reading the World City: New York, London and the Capitalist World-System in the Contmeporary Post-Crash Novel


  • B.A. English and History, 2013
  • M.A. Modernity, Literature and Culture, 2014
  • University College Dublin

Marty’s research investigates how the 2008 financial crash helped stimulate engagement with the project of “cognitive mapping” in the novel, situating core world cities within a global system of economic relations. 

Funded by the Irish Research Council

Supervisor: Dr Sharae Deckard


Jennifer Gouck 

Thesis Title: “If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.” An Exploration of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl in Contemporary American Young Adult Literature, Media, and Culture


Jennifer is an IRC scholar who completed her BA and MA at Queen’s University Belfast. In 2016 she won the IAAS WTM Riches Essay Prize and was shortlisted for the ISSCL’s 2018 award for an Outstanding Thesis on Children’s Literature. Her research interests include contemporary YA fiction, popular fiction, and C21st American literature. 


Dr Maria Stuart (Semester 1 2018/19); Dr Clare Hayes-Brady (Semester 2 2018/19 onwards)


Elizabeth Noelle Hewetson‌‌

Thesis Title: A Narratological analysis of the Rhetoric of Form in the Fiction of British Author David Mitchell. 


Mitchell uses a variety of narratological tropes, metalepsis, posthuman narrators, impossible storyworlds, postmodern plots, intertextuality and fictionality in his polyphonic novels.  My research shows how the rhetorical effect of these tropes contributes to a greater understanding of the ethical concerns of his work expressed at the level of character and story.

Supervisor: Associate Professor Fionnuala Dillane


Kaori Hirashige‌‌

Thesis Title: Music in Early 20th Century Revivalist Literature


I am interested in the role of music in the Irish Revival, particularly in the works of James Joyce, Lady Gregory, and Sean O’Casey. I received my MA degree from the University of Tokyo, Japan.

Supervisor: Professor Anne Fogarty


Harriet Idle

Thesis Title: Global Spaces of the Contemporary Romantic Comedy                                                           


Hattie is an Ad Astra PhD scholar who completed her BA in English Literature with American Study at the University of Exeter in 2017, and subsequently graduated from the University of Glasgow with an MLitt in Film and Television Studies in 2019. Her research interests include the romantic comedy genre and cities in cinema.


Supervisor: Dr Martha Shearer



Yuta Imazeki‌ 

Thesis Title: Problematics of Technical Media in Twentieth-Century Irish Novels


I received my BA and MA from University of Tokyo. I am interested in the relationship between technical media and 20th-century Irish novelists such as James Joyce, Flann O’Brien and John Banville.

Supervisor: Professor Anne Fogarty


Neha Kamrani 

Thesis Title: Portraying Sexual Violence on Stage


Neha Kamrani is presently working as a Research Fellow for a research project by UNESCO in New Delhi. She completed her Masters and MPhil in English Literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her MPhil dissertation, New Rape Narratives in the Indian Public Sphere focused on rape narratives uttered via new media forms. In India, she worked as a Teaching Assistant at IIT Delhi and as an Assistant Professor at Delhi University. She equally enjoys outdoor sports and solo-travelling.

Supervisor: Associate Professor Emile Pine


Eve Kearney

Thesis Title: '‘No Country for Young Men’: Representations of Contemporary Irish Masculinity in the post-Celtic Tiger Short Story'


2011–14: Single Subject Major in English degree at UCD

2014–15: MA in Contemporary Literature and Culture at The University of Manchester

2016– : Structured PhD programme at UCD

Supervisor: Professor Margaret Kelleher 


Clare Kelly

Thesis Title: Material Tales: African storyteller-authors in the literary marketplace                 


Clare is an Ad Astra PhD candidate whose research examines the processes and implications of the transformation of oral tradition into a literary product. She is specifically interested in the work of D. O. Fágúnwà, Thomas Mofolo, Amos Tútùọlá, Ben Okri and Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi. Clare holds a BA in English Literature and Greek from Trinity College Dublin and an MA in World Literature from the University of Oxford. 


Supervisor: Dr Sarah Comyn


Luke Lamont

Thesis Title: Act of Witnessing: Analysing the rise of documentary theatre in Ireland


Luke completed a BA in English and Philosophy in UCD before pursuing an M.Phil in Irish Writing at Trinity College, Dublin, where his dissertation examined the representations of memory in Irish theatre. He is currently a resident scholar in the Humanities Institute, researching documentary theatre in Ireland.

Supervisor: Associate Professor Emilie Pine


Laura Loftus 

Thesis Title: Irish Women Poets and Irish Literary Periodicals: Marginalisation and Resistance


Laura is a fourth-year PhD student. Her research focuses on the field of Irish literary magazines during the 1980s exploring how they helped or hindered Irish women poets during this key period in Irish literary history. She holds a BA in English and History and MA in Gender, Sexuality and Culture from UCD.

Supervisors: Dr Anne Mulhall and Associate Professor Lucy Collins


Pearse McCaughey 

Thesis Title: The Price of Plumcake. Economic Reality in James Joyce’s Dublin


After a thirty-five year career in advertising, I returned to UCD completing a BA in English in 2017, and an MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama. I am currently a PhD student in The School of English Drama and Film and a proud member of the UCD Creative Fellows.

Supervisor: Dr Luca Crispi


Andrew McEneff


Andrew McEneff

Thesis Title: A Prolonged Derangement of the Senses: A Critical Study of the work of Anna Kavan.


Andrew McEneff is a graduate of the American College Dublin (B.A), University College Dublin (M.A) and Trinity College (Mphil). He is currently researching a PhD on the exceptional life and work of British Modernist writer Anna Kavan (1901-1968). He also lectures part-time in English Literature at the American College.


Professor John Brannigan and Associate Professor Nerys Williams


Deirdre McMahon

Thesis Title: Brendan Behan and European Modernism: A Critical Reassessment of Modernist Aesthetics in the Writings of Brendan Behan, 1942-64.


BA English, University College Dublin 2013.

MA Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama, UCD, 2014.

Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholar, 2015-19.

Supervisor: Professor John Brannigan


Kelly Michels

Thesis Title:  American Anthem: A poetic exploration of the psychological and sociological effects ofKelly Michels

gun violencein the United States


Kelly received her MA in Literature from George Mason University and her MFA in Poetry from North Carolina State University. Before coming to UCD, Kelly taught composition and British literature at Campbell University as well as creative writing and English composition at North Carolina State University.  Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry Ireland Review, Poet Lore, Third Coast, Best New Poets, Spoon River Poetry Review, Greensboro Review, New Ohio Review, among others.  She is the author of two pamphlets: Mother and Child with Flowers (Finishing Line Press 2012) and Disquiet (Jacar Press in 2015).


Supervisor: Associate Professor Paul Perry


Jacob Miller

Thesis Title: The Origins of Post-Truth: Neoliberalism and Epistemic Crisis in Anglo-American Fiction, 1980 to the Present


BA in English, University of York, 2016.

MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture, University of York, 2017.

Jacob’s research investigates how literary aesthetics animated by resistance to neoliberalism have been incorporated into post-truth as a political strategy to deny capitalism’s material and ecological limits.

Funded by the Irish Research Council


Supervisors: Associate Professor Adam Kelly & Dr Sharae Deckard



Gráinne Ní Nualláin 

Thesis Title: Mind Your Language: Taboo Femininity and the Realities of Being in Magical Realism


Gráinne studied her BA in English, followed by an MA in Renaissance Literature, both at UCD (2013-2018). Her studies, while always fiercely feminist in nature, are currently focused on representations of "taboo" femininities, including menstruation and sexuality, and the historical (mis)treatment of female illness, with an interest in the medical humanities.

Supervisor: Dr Sharae Deckard



Will Nott

Thesis Title: In the Dark: form, voice and the writing of violence         Will Nott


Will Nott is writing a memoir about fatherhood and heredity for the practical component of his PhD in Creative Writing. His research focuses on how contemporary life writing uses narrative voice and form to describe the consequences of violence. He holds an MA in Prose Fiction from UEA, where he was the recipient of the Malcolm Bradbury Memorial Scholarship, and a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Warwick.


Supervisor: Professor Sarah Moss


Caleb O'Connor

Thesis Title: Food, Friction and Aesthetic Fiction: Critically approaching diet as a means of resisting the neo-colonialism of the global food regime through 20th and 21st century world literature.


BA in English and Psychology, 2019.

MA in Gender Sexuality and Culture, 2020.

Caleb is an Ad Astra scholar whose research is interested in negotiating queer theory and Marxist philosophy in contemporary world literature. His doctoral research explores the role of aesthetics in the construction and regulation of queer subjectivities within the capitalist world-system.


Supervisor: Dr Treasa De Loughry



So Onose

Thesis Title: Joyce and Irish “New Nationalisms” (1891-1922): Historical and Political Contexts of Ulysses.


So holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Tokyo, and an MPhil in Criticism and Culture from the University of Cambridge. He has previously taught English and English literature as occasional lecturer at Tokyo Medical and Dental University. He is the recipient of a University of Tokyo scholarship.

Supervisor: Professor Anne Fogarty


Jason O'Toole

Thesis Title: The Role of Early Modern Touch in the Formation of King James

VI and I’s Sexuality, 1575-1625



Jason decided to pursue another degree majoring in English/minoring in French at Maynooth University after twenty years of working in category management, new business development, and marketing roles for major film studios in the UK. His doctoral research, sponsored by an Irish Research Council scholarship, carries on from his MLitt and centres on the role of early modern touch in forming sexuality between King James VI and I, his favourites, and his wife, Queen Anna of Denmark.


Supervisor: Professor Danielle Clarke



Jennifer Preston

Thesis Title: Idir Eatarthu: Between or Both? A Study of Irish Literary Bilingualism


Jennifer Preston completed her B.A. and M.A degree in UCD. She is currently a first year doctoral student working under the supervision of Professor Margaret Kelleher. Her Ph.D. project is a comprehensive analysis of bilingual writing in Ireland, tracing the development of Ireland’s complex relationship with language from both a literary-historical and contemporary perspective.

Supervisor: Professor Margaret Kelleher


Mark RonanMark Ronan

Thesis Title: Writing Habits: Appetites, Agency, and Addiction in Late Medieval and Early Modern English Literature.


2010–11: Studied Addiction Studies in the Liberties’ College.

2011–14: Single Subject Major in English degree at UCD.

2014–15: MA in Medieval English Literature and Culture at UCD.

2016– : Structured PhD programme at UCD.

Supervisor: Associate Professor Niamh Pattwell


Bellatrix Scindens


Bella studied for a Bachelor's degree in Archaeology & Anthropology, and a Masters' degree in Medieval Studies at Magdalen College Oxford and King's College London respectively. Her research focuses on the development of Computus as a genre of literature in early medieval England.


Supervisor: Associate Professor Rebecca Stephenson


Deborah Schrijvers

Thesis title: Decolonizing Extinction: Intersections of Race, Gender, and Species inDeborah Schrijvers

Contemporary Art and Literature


Deborah Schrijvers is an Ad Astra PhD scholar at University College Dublin within the department of Environmental Humanities. She holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Amsterdam, a BA in Literatures in English & Literary Theory from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and a Research MA degree in Literary Studies from Leiden University. Her research focuses on decolonizing extinction, paying special attention to gender and race through analyses of contemporary, transnational literature, film and art. Her research interests include: critical animal studies, vegan studies, gender and sexuality studies, critical race theory and black studies.



Supervisor: Dr. Hannah Boast





Leanne Waters‌‌

Thesis Title: Christianity, Affect, and Popular Imagination: Bestselling Religious Fiction in Britain, 1880-1910


I am a first-year PhD student (2015-2019). My research examines the role of affect in bestselling religious fiction in Britain, 1880-1910. The study combines literary analysis, the social history of religion, and a materialist critique of the market conditions underlying the emergence and circulation of the modern British bestseller.


Professor Nicholas Daly


Christian Wethered


Christian Wethered is a poet and songwriter based in Dublin. He was selected for and published by the ‘Poetry Ireland Introductions Series’, and has has featured in 'Poetry Ireland', 'The Moth' and 'Ink, Sweat and Tears', as well as ‘TodayFM', ‘RTE1' and 'RTE Arts'. He has been anthologised in 'Writing Home’ (Dedalus) and ‘Best of New British and Irish Poets’, and was exhibited at the Olivier Cornet Gallery. His first pamphlet ‘I Don’t Love You’ (Eyewear) was shortlisted for the Melita Hume Prize. He was runner up in the 'Cafe Writers' and the 'Aesthetica Creative Works competitions'. In 2020 he was awarded a PhD Development Fund by UCD, as well as funding from 'Arts and Disability Ireland’. As a songwriter he has collaborated with a number of Irish acts, including Loah, I Have a Tribe, Zaska, and has most recently played at The Ruby Sessions and Electric Picnic. His debut album, ‘Mon Petit Jardin’, is due in 2021.

His PhD currently focuses on collaborations between music and poetry, translation, docu-poetry and the poetics of travel.


Associate Professor Paul Perry


Loic Wright 

Thesis Title: "How Men Should Live: Concepts and Constructions of Masculinities in Mid-Twentieth Century Irish Fiction and Memoir Literature."


Loic completed his joint BA honours in English and Spanish at UCD in 2016 before undertaking an MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama where he submitted his thesis on James Joyce and Patrick Kavanagh. His current research focuses on ideas of manhood in fiction and memoirs in mid-century Ireland.  

Supervisor: Dr Cormac O'Brien