Dr Michael Pierse


Dr Pierse has focussed on the neglected area of class in Irish Studies. His Writing Ireland’s Working Class (2011) focussed on the writing of working-class life in Dublin. His recent edited collection, A History of Irish Working-Class Writing (2017), has expanded on that research.

Pierse is also co-editor of Rethinking the Irish Diaspora: After the Gathering (February 2018), which expands his work on diaspora writers. He is also more generally interested in cultural production in contexts of marginalisation and disenfranchisement.

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Open to PhD applications in the field of 

  • Twentieth and twenty-first century Irish writing (mainly drama and fiction)
  • British and Irish working-class writing
  • Community Theatre
  • Diaspora and migrant writing
  • Race/ethnicity in contemporary Irish theatre
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Research students

Active in program: Doctor of Philosophy

Name: Rachel Hanna
Years of Study: 2017 -2018

Active in program: Doctor of Philosophy

Name: Scott McKendry
Years of Study: 2016 - 2020


Active in program: Doctor of Philosophy

Name: Max Meulendijks
Years of Study: 2015 - 2019

Alumni: where are they now?

Dr Rachael Hegarty

PhD title: Making Sense and Sound of Finglas

Years of Study: 2015 - 2018
Country: Ireland
Current position: Tutor at Trinity College Dublin TAP programme and award-winning author of 2017 poetry collection, ‘Flight Paths over Finglas’


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