I have been at Newcastle University since 2004. I teach mainly on issues concerning the nature and requirements of democracy in multicultural and multinational societies. My main research interest is in deliberative democracy, but I also work on topics such as compromise and political integration. I am the author of Deliberative Democracy and Divided Societies (2006) and my articles have appeared in journals such as British Journal of Political Science and Political Studies. I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Essex and have also held visiting positions at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania and, most recently, the Australian National University.
I am one of the editors of the ECPR Press, an academic and non-for-profit publisher. If you are interested in publishing a book with us, then please feel free to contact me.
PhD (2002) Queen's University, Belfast
MA (1998) University College, Cork
BA (1996) University College, Cork
BMus (1988) University College, Cork
Exams Officer for Politics
POL3059 Democracy and the Constitution (module leader; semester 1)
POL3106 Democracy in Deeply Divided Societies (module leader; semester 2)