Writing Instructors

Writing Centre Instructors are either post-doctoral students or postgraduate students in the later stages of their PhD. They are experienced writers, tutors and lecturers, and they come from different disciplines.

Dr Anne Cormican completed her PhD in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy in 2019. She completed her MA in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at the School of English, Drama and Film, UCD. Her interests are interdisciplinary. Working as a tutor at the School of Art History and Cultural Policy and correcting essays and examination scripts has greatly fuelled her interest in the process of academic writing. Anne is keen to encourage students to address areas of particular difficulty and to further develop their academic writing skills, thereby alleviating anxieties associated with the writing process.

Almero de Villiers is a PhD student in the UCD School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. His project focuses on the use of blockchain technology in sustainable energy systems. Almero has published a number of international conference papers, and won best paper at SAUPEC in 2015. He has spent time teaching undergraduate courses, with a focus on technical report writing. Outside of his professional career, his writing has been featured in notable travel and motoring magazines. Almero enjoys interacting with students from all disciplines and backgrounds. His animated nature encourages student engagement, while paying special attention to narrative structure and quality.

Dr Zeljka Doljanin is the Managing Director of the Writing Centre. She completed her PhD in 2012. She has tutored and lectured on a variety of courses in the School of English, UCD. Her interests lie in the areas of contemporary Irish literature, academic writing, language acquisition, and translation. Zeljka enjoys working with students across different disciplines and from different backgrounds. She is interested in helping students learn how to develop, process, and clarify ideas through writing, how to hone their critical writing skills, and how to articulate their meaning to others with clarity, precision, and focus.

Sharon Galantino is a PhD student in the UCD Sutherland School of Law. She researches how European regulation of online electoral disinformation affects fundamental rights, the rule of law, and the values embedded in technologies. In the School of Law, Sharon tutors doctrinal and skills-based courses. Outside of her studies, she regularly serves as a judge of written and oral submissions in legal advocacy competitions in the US and Europe. Sharon is a qualified attorney in the US with prior experience as a writer and editor for arts and culture publications. She enjoys helping students organise and communicate their thoughts, write with their reader in mind, and develop confidence in their writing and editing skills.

Dr. Ciarán Leinster completed his PhD in North American Literature and Culture at the University of Seville in 2019. His work primarily focuses on contemporary American Drama, and its relationship to theory and other forms of cultural expression, as well as the impact of technology on contemporary American writing. He has taught in UCD and Trinity College Dublin, and is interested in helping students' editing and proof-reading skills, in order to empower them to improve their work.

Dr David McKinney was awarded his PhD from University College Dublin in 2017. His research interests include the work of Samuel Beckett and the contemporary Irish novel. He teaches undergraduates across numerous courses in the School of English, Drama and Film. He is especially interested in helping students establish the differences between descriptive and academic writing, and is focused on helping students create strong thesis statements.

Dr Audrey McNamara completed her PhD in 2013. Her research focused on George Bernard Shaw and her interests include Irish Studies and Drama studies. She is a lecturer in Academic Writing in Practice for the Humanities and is coordinator for College Writing for the Science study abroad programme. She is currently co-coordinating and delivering a writing module for Science postgraduate students. Audrey is the external examiner for Sligo IT's Research and Writing module.

Matthew O’Brien is a PhD student with UCD’s School of History and Clinton Institute of American Studies. His research focuses on Black Power grassroots activism in Chicago between 1968 and 1983, and he has previously tutored on the School of History’s Modern America module, with guest lecture spots on Ireland’s first Black Studies module, launched in January 2019. Matthew has been published in peer-review journals and also has a keen interest in oral histories, sitting on the steering committee for the Oral History Network of Ireland. He enjoys working with a broad range of interdisciplinary research and is committed to encourage students who feel uneasy with all forms of writing.

Orlaith Rice is a PhD student in the UCD Sutherland School of Law. Her research focuses on the relationship between constitutionalism, liberal democracy and populism in Europe. She is part of the European Research Council-funded Foundations of Institutional Authority (FIAT) project team at the School of Law. She has experience as a Tutor in the School of Law and as an International Editor of the Cambridge Law Review. She is particularly interested in helping students become more confident and effective in their writing process.

Justine Zapin is a PhD candidate in the school of English, Drama and Film. Her research focuses on Bernard Shaw's Irish plays and interests include Space and Performance Studies. Prior to UCD, she worked as an Adjunct Professor in the Writing and Literature programs at American University. Justine also spent three years as tutor and two training fellow tutors in the Writing Center at American University.