I have been a Lecturer in German at UCD since 1998. My research interests are in Continental Philosophy (especially German Philosophy); Cultural Theory; German literature of the Enlightenment, Romantic and Modernist periods; Intellectual History and Aesthetics. In 2009-2010, I was holder of an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship and based at the Institute for Cultural Studies, Humboldt-University Berlin. My research interests include areas in which literary and philosophical writings meet, or in which they reflect on related experience. I have supervised a substantial number of Minor Thesis dissertations, and welcome enquiries from graduate students interested in Comparative or interdisciplinary approaches, as well as those who would like to work within more traditional areas of German Studies.
My second monograph, Anthropology of Connection. Perception and its Emotional Undertones in German Philosophical Discourse (1880-1930) was published in 2014. It is a study of how theories of knowledge relate to our understanding of what it means to be human. I originally studied German and Modern English Literature at Trinity College Dublin, carried out doctoral research at the Universities of Würzburg, Hamburg and the Humboldt-University Berlin, taking a range of courses in Philosophy and Cultural Theory as well as German Literature and obtained my PhD from Trinity College Dublin in 1998.
Since first coming to UCD in 1998, I have taught many different courses relating to my research interests, and always welcome the opportunity offered in meeting with students and in teaching to see that ideas are never ‘fixed’ for once and for all, but that understanding is an ongoing process.