I have been at Newcastle University since 2004. I teach on topics such as democracy, liberalism, rights, multiculturalism, nationalism and global democracy. My research focuses on questions about the nature and requirements of democracy in multicultural and multinational societies, with a particular emphasis on deliberative democracy and political cohesion. 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, Government and Opposition, Political Studies and Politics, Philosophy and Economics. 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.
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 2)