PhD Communication Studies

    U Illinois
    Dissertation title: Broadcasting In An On-Demand World: Creating Community Radio In The Era Of Podcasting And Webcasting 

    MA Communications and Cultural Studies

    Dublin City University
    Thesis title: Organisational structure of participatory media: Flirt FM: a case study


    National University of Ireland, Galway
    Research funding

    New Foundations

    Irish Research Council
    SUSTCOMMED: Exploring the sustainability of the community radio sector

    Conference support

    Broadcasting Authority of Ireland
    Supporting the conference Towards Resilient Community Media

    Professional experience

    Lecturer in English

    NUI Galway
    2014 to date
     Teach in the English BA programme; teach media studies and journalism courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels (including political economy, journalism studies, broadcasting, and overseeing experiential learning modules); supervise research students; engage in research. 

    Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

    Cazenovia College
    2009 to 2014
    Teach a range of mass media and media production-focused classes, including Journalism, Broadcasting, and Media Management.

    Writing Consultant

    U Illinois
    2008 to 2009
    Supported writers in one-on-one review sessions through the campus Writers’ Workshop.

    Radio Producer

    U Illinois / WILL AM
    2004 to 2009
    Producer of Media Matters with Bob McChesney, a weekly public affairs program. Coordinated guest bookings and management, managed listener calls, liaised with station management.


    U Illinois
    2005 to 2008
    Teaching Assistant, primarily as instructor of record, in the media studies program.

    Pricing Analyst / Market Analyst

    1998 to 2002
    Headed up market analysis function in Strategic Pricing Unit.

    Station Manager

    Flirt FM
    1995 to 1996
    Founded one of Ireland’s first college radio stations. Built vibrant student activist group, secured institutional commitments and support, and engaged with national efforts to build community radio sector.