My chief research interests lie in the fields of modern and contemporary Irish literature and the literature of the Irish diaspora. I have published widely on various aspects of Irish fiction since Joyce, as evidenced by my co-edited volume, Contemporary Irish Fiction: Themes, Tropes, Theories (Palgrave Macmillan, 2000), and my monograph, Reading the Contemporary Irish Novel 1987-2007 (Wiley Blackwell, 2014). I followed up my multi-authored survey of the Irish autobiographical tradition, Modern Irish Autobiography: Self, Nation and Society (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), with The Literature of the Irish in Britain: Autobiography and Memoir, 1725-2001 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), which was a Book of the Year in both the Times Literary Supplement and the Irish Independent. This study became the basis for a well-received stage play, My English Tongue, My Irish Heart, written by Martin Lynch, which toured Ireland and the UK in May 2015, aided by a Follow-on Funding Award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. My latest book is A History of Irish Autobiography (Cambridge University Press, 2018). I sit on the editorial boards of four academic journals and I was the 2008 Armstrong Visiting Professor of Irish Studies at the University of Toronto.
2019-21: Arts and Humanities Research Council Large Grant Award
2015: Arts and Humanities Research Council Connected Communities Festival Award
2014-15: Arts and Humanities Research Council Follow-on Funding Award
2008: Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Leave Award