Principal Investigator

Gerardine Meaney is Professor of Cultural Theory and Director of the UCD Humanities Institute.  Her current research interests are in  gender, ethnic and national identities in literature and culture and the application of new digital methodologies to humanities research.

She is the author of Reading the Irish Woman: Cultural Encounter and Exchange, 1714-1960, with Bernadette Whelan and Mary O'Dowd (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2013); Gender, Ireland and Cultural Change (New York: Routledge, 2010) intro online;   Nora, Ireland into Film Series (Cork: Cork University Press and the Irish Film Institute, 2004); (Un)like Subjects: Women, Theory, Fiction (London and New York: Routledge, 1993; reissued Routledge Library Editions, 2012) and 26 articles and book chapters on gender and culture, from Joyce to The Wire. She was one of the major co-editors of the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing: Women's Writing and Traditions, volumes 4 and 5 (Cork: Cork University Press, 2002). 

'Nation, Genre and Gender: A Comparative Social Network Analysis of Irish and English Fiction, 1800-1922, is her current major IRC-funded research project.  Other digital projects include an iPad app of James Joyce's short story 'The Dead' and the 17 research demonstrator projects of the Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive. She had special responsibility for Joyce's Dublin and Irish Women Writer's of Children's Literature.  She is a member of the Management Committee of COST IS1203 In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe. Previous research projects include the Women in Modern Irish Culture databas , with Professor Maria Luddy (University of Warwick), funded by the AHRC, UK; Women in Public and Cultural Life in Twentieth Century Ireland with Dr Bernadette Whelan (University of Limerick) and Professor Mary O'Dowd (Queen's University Belfast), funded by the HEA North-South Research Collaboration Programme;  Inventing and Reinventing the Irish Woman  also with Dr Whelan  and Professor O'Dowd,  funded by IRCHSS. 

She was was previously Vice-Principal for Research and Innovation in the College of Arts and Celtic Studies and  Director of the Centres for the Study of Gender, Culture and Identities and for Film Studies at UCD.