Academic Staff

Dr. Orla Murphy

Orla MurphyOrla Murphy is a lecturer in the Discipline of Digital Humanities in the School of English at University College Cork and in the national, inter-institutional Digital Arts and Humanities PhD program. She is director of the BA program, co-coordinator of the MA in Digital Arts and Humanities at UCC, and the new online MA in Digital Cultures at UCC. Her research is focused on intermediality, on how the text is, was, and will be transmitted; how we read, represent, and share knowledge in new networked and virtual environments. She is a reviewer and editor for a number of journals and bulletins.

Orla is active in research across Europe acting as: co-chair of the information visualisation working group in [], (Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities); vice chair of the EU COST (Cooperation in Science and Technology) [] working group on algorithms; and is Irish Management Committee member of the GenderSTE transdomain CoST Action.

Publications, invited lectures and conference presentations viewable at []

She tweets @omurphy16.

Professor Brendan Dooley

I am a cultural historian focusing on the history of knowledge and communication from early to modern times. My particular interests revolve around problems connected with the production, storage and diffusion of all kinds of knowledge, ranging from to political news to natural philosophy, from visual interpretation to emotional intelligence, in forms ranging from the gesture to the megapixel. Having grown up on three continents and pursued careers in four countries, I am particularly drawn to the transcultural aspects of these problems, and a few installments of this work have included a Mattress maker's Daughter: the Renaissance romance of don Giovanni de' Medici and Livia Vernazza (Harvard), Morandi¹s Last Prophecy and the End of Renaissance Politics (Princeton), The Social History of Skepticism: Experience and Doubt in Early Modern Culture (Johns Hopkins), Science, Politics and Society in Eighteenth-Century Italy (Garland), Italy in the Baroque (Garland), Science and the Marketplace in Early Modern Italy (Lexington), The Dissemination of News and the Emergence of Contemporaneity (Ashgate), Energy and Culture (Ashgate) and (with Sabrina Baron) Politics and the Public Sphere in Early Modern Europe (Routledge). More here []. Between long periods at Harvard University in the US and Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany, I was Chief of Research at the Medici Archive Project in Florence, overseeing the creation of a pioneering humanities database. Specific current projects include: Culture and Exchange [], Talking Science [], Angelica's Book []

Mr Shawn Day

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Shawn Day is published in the medical and spatial humanities in connection with his work utilising large datasets, and sophisticated record linkage to explore distance decay and admissions to 19th century asylums. Recent publications in this area include:

    • Smith, Chris, David Wright and Shawn Day. "Distancing the mad: Jarvis's Law and the spatial distribution of admissions to the Hamilton Lunatic Asylum in Canada, 1876-1902", Social Science & Medicine, Volume 64, Issue 11, June 2007, Pages 2362-2377.
    • Day, Shawn, Nathan Flis, Jessica Smith and David Wright. "A Janus-Like Asylum: The City and the Institutional Confinement of the Mentally Ill in Victorian Ontario", URBAN HISTORY REVIEW Vol. 36, No. 2, Spring 2008, Pages 43-51.

‌Most recently he was Project Manager of the Digital Humanities Observatory at the Royal Irish Academy, responsible for providing outreach and education on a broad range of digital humanities topics such as: data collection, management, manipulation, visulisation, curation, and discovery.  

He is co-chair of the Space and Time working group in [], and sits of the steering/curatorial board for the Digital Research Tools (DiRT) Directory [].

As a staff member in the Department of Economics in Guelph, Canada, he is community manager of the Canadian Network for Economic History and has extensive experience in working with large manuscript census records. 

He tweets @iridium

Dr. Mike Cosgrave

Mike Cosgrave teaches history and digital humanities at UCC. His main research interests are in games and simulations and in digital pedagogy, specifically in the use of online discussion and collaboration tools for knowledge creation and management.

Publications, invited lectures and conference presentations viewable at []

He tweets @mikecosgrave


Dr James O'Sullivan

Dr James O'Sullivan is a graduate of the UCC PhD in DAH programme and joined UCC as Lecturer in Digital Humanities in July 2017.  He has previously held faculty positions at the University of Sheffield and Pennsylvania State University, as well as adjunct roles at Washington State University, Vancouver, and Cork Institute of Technology.  He has developed and taught courses on DH theories, text analysis, electronic literature, literary gaming, and digital publishing.  He has been published in all of the leading peer-reviewed DH journals, including Digital Scholarship in the Humanities and Digital Humanities Quarterly, as well as in discipline-specific peer-reviewed venues like Leonardo, Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures, English Studies, and Genetic Joyce Studies.  He has contributed chapters to several key texts on the Digital Humanities, including Literary studies in a Digital Age (MLA 2017) and Doing Digital Humanities (Routledge 2016).  His work has drawn attention from various national media outlets, including News Talk and Books Ireland.  He has also presented at all of the field's major conferences, and was shortlisted for the Fortier Prize in 2014.  He and Shawna Ross are the editors of Reading Modernism with Machines (Palgrave Macmillan 2016). He is also the editor of two forthcoming collections, Digital Humanities for Literary Studies (Penn State Press 2018) and Electronic Literature: Contexts, Forms, and Practices (West Virginia University Press 2018).  His monograph on the aesthetics of electronic literature is in press with Palgrave, and due to be published in 2018.  James has contributed to numerous DH projects, including The Exegesis Project and Joyce Word Dictionary.  James is Associate Director of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (one of the field's largest community gatherings), as well as Chair of the DHSI Conference and Colloquium, at the University of Victoria.  James has previously served as a member of the Association for Computers and the Humanities (July 2014-16), and as an appointed member of the Executive Board of the ADHO's GO::DH initiative, tasked with tackling issues of diversity within the DH community (2014-2015). He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Courting Katie (Salmon Poetry 2017), and James includes third-place in the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize 2016 among his honours.  James is the Founding Editor of New Binary Press and Digital Literary Studies.  He has written on Education and Literature for venues such as The Guardian, The Conversation, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.


Dr Donna Alexander

Donna Maria Alexander is the DARIAH Ireland Postdoctoral Researcher with Digital Arts and Humanities in University College Cork as part of a project that explores the ways in which digital literacies are/can be embedded in HEIs.  Previous to this she lectured in the School of English, Department of SPLAS, and the Digital Arts and Humanities Programme in UCC.  She was nominated for a UCC President's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2016 and 2017.  In 2017 Donna completed an online certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Donna's research and teaching interests include contemporary American women's poetry, documentary poetics, postcolonialism, digital pedagogy, critical theory, digital narratives, and intersectional DH.

She completed her IRC-funded PhD thesis at UCC in 2015, titled, Chicana Poetics: Genre and Style in Gloria Anzaldua and Lorna Dee Cervantes. Recently, Donna was awarded the Runner-up in the Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in Women's Studies, and am currently working on my first monograph, titled: Weeder of Wreckage: Documentary and Death in the Poetry of Lorna Dee Cervantes.

During her doctoral studies Donna became increasingly interested in digital and experimental pedagogies, particularly as she received an increasing number of opportunities to design, deliver and examine research-based lectures, seminars and workshops. Donna also participated in a number of digital research projects which developed her interests in digital humanities.

Donna has published her research in a range of OA journals and websites, including the Forum for Inter-American Research, Hybrid Pedagogy, and American Studies Today.  Further information about Donna's research, teaching and other professional activities can be found on her blog.

Administration Staff

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Position: Senior Executive Assistant

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