PhD, MA, BA, BEd


  • Member of the Royal Irish Academy
  • McCrea Literary Award
  • Ruth Michaelis-Jena Ratcliff Research Prize for Folklife

Membership of professional bodies

  • European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)
  • Société Internationale d’Ethnologie et de Folklore (SIEF)

External appointments

  • Visiting Scholar, Harvard University
  • Honorary Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ulster
  • DAAD Guest Professor, University of Göttingen
  • Honorary Visiting Professor, University of Exeter


  • PhD, National University of Ireland
  • MA (Hons 1), NUI (Cork)
  • BA (Hons 2:1) University College, Cork
  • BEd (Hons 2:1) College of Education, Limerick

Career history

  • Heriot-Watt University, 2012-present
  • University of Ulster , 2001-2012
  • University of Liverpool, 1992-2001

Areas of research

  • Living cultural heritage (including storytelling, performance, traditional skills)
  • Identity, cultural diversity and human rights

Interests and hobbies

  • Reading
  • Theatre
  • Detective films