Angelos Bollas - SALIS, DCU

Angelos Bollas is a PhD student at Dublin City University. His main interests are representations of sexuality in popular culture, queer theory, and applications of diversity approaches in education.

David Carroll - SALIS, DCU

David Carroll is an experienced Social Justice expert with a demonstrated history of working in various clinical, health care and NGO industries to effect change for commonly marginalised groups, including LGBTI & traveller communities, as well as victims of Human Trafficking. Holding the post of Executive Director with Ireland's national LBGTI youth service, BelonG To, during the Marriage Equality referendum, David was heavily involved in both this campaign and in successful advocacy efforts to introduce gender recognition legislation in Ireland. David completed an MA in Sexuality Studies (MASS) at DCU in 2012, earning a distinction. In 2018, David embarked on a PhD at SALIS, DCU, where he was awarded the inaugural Gabrielle Carty Award. In 2019, he was awarded an Irish Research Council grant to further his research topic, which aims to unearth the extent of influence queer identities held, over pop music in the 1980s. His research interests also extend beyond pop music, to other intersections of queer sexualities and popular culture. David Carroll is currently a board member of Outhouse LGBT community centre in Dublin. He enjoys running, and, when not in the midst of a pandemic, travel.

Alicia Castillo Villanueva Ph.D. - SALIS, DCU

Alicia Castillo Villanueva is Assistant Professor in Spanish at Dublin City University. Prior to this, she held different academic positions at the University College Cork and the University of Limerick. She has a primary degree in Hispanic Philology, a MA in Hispanic Studies and Literary Translation, and a PhD on Gender Studies. Alicia’s research lies on the fields of Cultural and Gender studies. She researches on different aspects of gender and sexuality studies such as contemporary representations of gender-based violence, identity, migration, memory and gender, narratives of trauma and resistance, among others.

Debbie Ging Ph.D. - School of Communications, DCU

Debbie Ging is Associate Professor of Media Studies in the School of Communications. Her current research is concerned with gender and social media, focusing in particular on online misogyny, the manosphere, incels and the radicalization of young men into online male supremacy groups. Debbie is a co-author of the first government-commissioned report on the sexualisation and commercialisation of children in Ireland. Together with Prof. Eugenia Siapera, she has co-edited a special issue of Feminist Media Studies on Online Misogyny (2018) and an edited collection entitled Gender Hate Online: Understanding the New Anti-Feminism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). Debbie has also co-edited a special issue of the International Journal of Bullying Prevention on Gender, Sexuality and Bullying with Dr. Aoife Neary in University of Limerick. Debbie is Ireland Corresponding Editor of the journal Men and Masculinities. She is a member of the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre and of the Institute for Future Media and Journalism (FuJo) in DCU.

Mohammad Hosseini - School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music, DCU

Mohammad Hosseini holds a B.A. in Business Management (2013, Eindhoven), and an M.A. in Applied Ethics (2016, Utrecht). In 2017 he became a PhD candidate in Research Ethics and Integrity at Dublin City University (DCU) in Ireland. He specialises in ethical aspects of scholarly authorship and citations. His PhD thesis explores ethics of contributor role ontologies and taxonomies as modern means of attributing credit and responsibilities in academic publications. Additionally, he is a member of work package 5 of the EnTIRE (Mapping Normative Frameworks for EThics and Integrity of REsearch) project. Since 2017 he has been a guest lecturer of research ethics and integrity, and since 2019 he lectures on engineering ethics in DCU. He is one of the group leaders of the attribution working group of FORCE11 community, and the chair/founder of MyCites taskforce. More recently he has been conducting research on gender issues in publications. 

Boyi Huang - SALIS, DCU

Boyi Huang is a PhD student at SALIS, DCU. His research lies at the intersections among Audiovisual Translation, Media Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Fandom Studies, and China Studies. His current research is focused on Queer Community Translation/Subtitling.

Jean-Philippe Imbert - SALIS, DCU


Jean-Philippe Imbert lectures in Comparative Literature and Sexuality Studies at Dublin City University. He researches and publishes on literary and artistic representations of Mexican, Irish and French 20th and 21st centuries, focusing on the relationship between sexuality, gender and the aesthetic treatment of evil, trauma, angst or perversion. He has been president of the ADEFFI (Association des Études Françaises et Francophones d’Irlande) and of the Irish Association of Mexican Studies. He was Research and Education Officer for IASSCS (The International Association for the Studies of Sexuality, Culture and Society). He also curated international art exhibitions (photography) in Delhi, Dublin or Mexico City. 

Robbie Lawlor - SALIS, DCU

Sarah Meehan O'Callaghan P.h.D. - SALIS Alumni

I am an independent scholar within the fields of psychoanalysis and drama studies. My recent PhD concerned an interdisciplinary study of the trauma of the body in the drama of Artaud, Beckett and Genet from a psychoanalytic perspective. I am one of the organisers of the annual Irish Psychoanalytic Film Festival that takes place in Dublin (DCU) you now in its 12th year. I have been a member of the Dublin Lacan Studies Group for many years. I have published articles on psychoanalysis on the topics such as disability, sexuality and a queer perspective on Lacan’s concept of the phallus. I am one of the organisers of the Disabilities and Sexualities Conference taking place in  DCU in March 2021.

Michael Monaghan P.h.D. - SALIS Alumni

Michael received his PhD from DCU in 2020 and has taught seminars on the subjects of serial killers and femmes fatales in art, literature and film in the work of Oscar Wilde, John Banville and Patricia Highsmith. He has written for Cult quarterly magazine on serial killers on film. His research focuses on literary murder, femmes fatales, serial killers, and gendered discourses of ekphrasis and "the gaze" in literature and film. A climate activist, he co-authored a booklet on the concept of "food sovereignty" for Friends of the Earth Ireland in 2020. He teaches English as a second language in Limerick. 

Aileen O'Driscoll P.h.D. - School of Communications, DCU

Dr Aileen O’Driscoll is Assistant Professor in Media and Communications and is currently Chair of the BA in Communications Studies programme at the School of Communications, Dublin City University. Her interests are in the Cultural and Creative Industries, with her current research focused on gender, media and advertising. Aileen has contributed to research for the Global Media Monitoring Project, as well as looking at the representation of women’s voices on Ireland’s airwaves. With an interest in arts and culture, especially focusing on women’s involvement in these fields, Aileen is on the organising committee of the annual Dublin Feminist Film Festival.

David O'Mullane - SALIS, DCU

David O'Mullane is a doctoral scholar in SALIS in DCU. Having obtained an undergraduate and postgraduate master’s degree in pharmacy, he worked as a pharmacist for ten years before turning towards research in the Arts. He is a graduate of the MA in Sexuality Studies from DCU where he developed a deep interest in visual culture and its entanglement with the sociopolitical realities of queer life.  He is in his first year of a PhD entitled The Art of Cruising: Public Sex Cultures, LGBT Politics and XXIst Century Art. His research on contemporary art draws on spatial theory, memory studies and curatorial activism to parse the connection between public sex cultures and contemporary LGBT identity/politics.

Paola Rivetti P.h.D - School of Law and Government, DCU

I am Associate Professor in Politics. I was awarded the 2018 Early-Career Researcher of the Year Prize by the IRC and the 2018 DCU President's Award for Early-Career Researcher.  My research interests focus on the government of societies and polities in the Middle East and North Africa from a comparative perspective, and on social and political mobilisations. I am in the process of developing a new research project that examines the intersection between technology and sexuality in the region, looking at how the Internet and medical/reproductive technologies (from hymenoplasty to medicines such as Viagra) transform gender regimes. I authored numerous scientific as well as non-academic publications on these topics, published in several languages (Persian, English, French, Spanish, Italian).

Annette Skade - School of English, DCU

Annette Skade is from Manchester and has lived on Ireland's Beara peninsula for many years. She has a degree in Ancient Greek and Philosophy from Liverpool University, and an MA in Poetry Studies from DCU, where she has just completed her PhD on the Canadian poet, Anne Carson, at the School of English. Her paper on materiality in the work of Anne Carson, 'And how does it alter you to see
it there floating?’  Nox, Float and the Reader" was published in Ex-centric Narratives: Journal of Anglophone Literature, Culture and Media" in 2018 and she has given papers at various conferences and symposiums, including the Politics of Space and the Humanities conference in Thessaloniki in 2017, the Irish Association for American Studies Postgraduate Symposium in 2017, and the Law and Literature and In and Out of Silence Symposiums at DCU in 2019. She is also a poet and her collection Thimblerig was published by Bradshaw Books, Cork in 2013. She is from a working class background and her poems appear in "The Children of the Nation: An Anthology of Working People's Poetry from Contemporary Ireland", published by Culture Matters and she has recently had a short article on Anne Carson "the poor core of the world wide open"  published on their website:
Her poems are published in Ireland, the U.K., Australia and the U.S. She has won several international poetry competitions. In 2017 she was Irish Writers’ Centre/ Florence Writers ‘Writer in Residence’ at St Mark’s Cultural Association in Florence. Much of her recent work is ecopoetry , and she gave a reading of ecopoetry at the ASLE  “A Place On the Edge?” Conference in Orkney in 2019.

Olga Springer Dr. Phil - SALIS, DCU

Dr Olga Springer is Assistant Professor in the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies at Dublin City University, Ireland. She completed her Magister Artium and doctoral studies in English Literature at the University of Tübingen, Germany. She is currently exploring avenues of research in gender and sexuality studies. Her other research interests include intertextuality, ambiguity in literary texts, and Victorian literature. She is the newsletter editor for the European Society of Comparative Literature (ESCL) and a member of its Executive Committee. Her book "Ambiguity in Charlotte Brontë’s Villette" was published in February 2020.

Caroline West, Ph.D. - SALIS Alumni

Dr. Caroline West completed her PhD in 2020 in the SALIS department at DCU. Her research explored the experiences of women working in the American mainstream pornography industry, situating these experiences in the context of internation feminist debate on pornography. This research analysed nuances of stigma, violence, and interactions with fans. Previous to this Caroline had completed her MA in Sexuality Studies at DCU. Post PhD, Dr. West has gone on to become a frequent media commentator on sex related topics, and writes a weekly sex column for as well as being the sexpert for the Elaine show on Virgin Media One. She is also the sex & relationship expert at Bumble Ireland, and hosts a podcast about sex called Glow West which has been listened to in 160 countries.  

Currently she is working on a book about Monto and sex work. More information here.