Biographical Note

If you have made your way to this site then you are probably somewhat interested—and thank you for that—in one of the various things with which I am occupied. As a scholar, I am primarily concerned with the ways in which digital technologies are transforming culture, particularly modes of cultural production and the practices of reading and writing. I examine, among other things, electronic literature, literary video-games, digital publishing, and computer-assisted criticism. I consider myself as a literary and cultural scholar who crosses a number of disciplinary boundaries. I took up a lectureship at University College Cork in July 2017, having previously held faculty positions at the University of Sheffield and Pennsylvania State University.

A born-and-raised native of Cork city, I received my Ph.D. from University College Cork in 2016. Previous to the completion of my doctorate, I obtained a B.Sc. and M.Sc. (Cork Institute of Technology), a Higher Diploma in Arts in English (UCC), and an M.A. in Modernity, Literature and Culture (University College Dublin). 

I am the author of Towards a Digital Poetics (Palgrave Macmillan 2019). I have also edited several scholarly collections, namely Reading Modernism with Machines (with Shawna Ross; Palgrave Macmillan 2016). My research has appeared in a number of international peer-reviewed publications, including Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, Literary Studies in a Digital Age, Digital Humanities Quarterly, Digital Studies/Le Champ Numérique, Leonardo, and the International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing. I have given plenaries and guest lectures at a number of major institutions and prestigious events. My research has also drawn some attention from the press, being cited in venues like The New Yorker.

From 2013-2018, I was Associate Director of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, where I was also Chair of the DHSI Colloquium. I have previously served on the Association for Computers and the Humanities’ Standing Committee on Affiliates, and as a Communications Fellow with the European Association for Digital Humanities.

As a creative writer, I have been published in numerous periodicals and anthologies, including The SHOp, Cyphers, and Southword. I am the author of three collections of poetry, the most recent of which is Courting Katie (Salmon Poetry 2017). I include third-place in the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize 2016 among my honours, and have had the honour of being a guest reader at events such as the Cork Spring Poetry Festival, Ó Bhéal, and the Niagara Artists’ Centre.

I contribute regular articles and features to a number of periodicals, including The Guardian, The Irish Times, and LA Review of Books.