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Trinity Monday 2017 - Fellows and Scholars

Trinity College Dublin was founded as a corporation consisting of the Provost, the Fellows and the Scholars. Scholars are elected annually in various subjects on the result of an examination held in Trinity term. Scholarship or research achievement of a high order is the primary qualification for Fellowship, coupled with evidence of the candidate's contribution to the academic life of the College and an effective record in teaching.

Traditionally, the election of new Fellows and Scholars is announced by the Provost on Trinity Monday (10 April 2017) at 10.00 a.m. from the steps of the Public Theatre. One Honorary Fellow, Four Professorial Fellows, Ten New Fellows and Fifty five New Scholars were elected this morning.

Honorary Fellowship


Roy F. Foster (Professor)

Prof Roy Foster, Honororary Fellow

Professor R. F. (Roy) Foster was born in Waterford and educated in Ireland and the United States. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, he subsequently became Professor of Modern British History at Birkbeck College, University of London and in 1991 the first Carroll Professor of Irish History at Oxford and a Fellow of Hertford College, retiring in 2016; currently he holds a part-time post as Professor of Irish History and Literature at Queen Mary University of London. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1989, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1986, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1992, a Member of the Academia Europea in 2016, and has received honorary degrees from the University of Aberdeen, The Queen's University of Belfast, Trinity College, Dublin, the National University of Ireland, Queen’s University, Canada the University of Edinburgh and University College Dublin as well as an Honorary Fellowship at Birkbeck College, University of London. His books include Charles Stewart Parnell: The Man and His Family (1976), Lord Randolph Churchill: A Political Life (1981), Modern Ireland 1600-1972 (1988), The Oxford Illustrated History of Ireland (1989), Paddy and Mr Punch: Connections in Irish and English History (1993), The Irish Story: Telling Tales and Making It Up in Ireland (2001), which won the 2003 Christian Gauss Award for Literary Criticism, W.B. Yeats, A Life. I: The Apprentice Mage 1865-1914 (1997) which won the 1998 James Tait Black Prize for biography, and Volume II: The Arch-Poet, 1915-1939 (2003), Luck and the Irish: a brief history of change 1970-2000 (2007), Words Alone: Yeats and his Inheritances (2011), and Vivid Faces: the revolutionary generation in Ireland 1890-1922 (2014), which was awarded a British Academy Medal for transforming the understanding of a subject area, and won the 2016 Frokosch Prize from the American Historical Association. He is also a well-known critic and broadcaster.

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Professorial Fellowship


Ursula Fearon (Professor)

Prof Ursula Fearon, Professorial Fellow

Professor Ursula Fearon was appointed Professor of Molecular Rheumatology, School of Medicine, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Trinity College Dublin in December 2016. Professor Fearon’s research is a bench-to-beside translational approach, focusing on understanding the underlying mechanisms that drive disease pathogenesis; her team specifically examine components of joint inflammation at a cellular and molecular level to dissect the signalling and gene pathways that are disturbed in patients who have inflammatory arthritis and rheumatic diseases. She has developed several novel models for the study of innovative medicines in the field of rheumatology and immunology and has established strong collaborative research networks across Europe, USA and Singapore, and is active member of the Arthritis Research Coalition (ARC), Ireland. Professor Fearon has been awarded significant research funding from Arthritis-Ireland, Health Research Board, Science Foundation Ireland, IRCSET, European-ASPIRE, JU Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) and Maeve Binchy Funding for Arthritis Research, in addition to industry collaborative partnerships. She has an International reputation, has published extensively in high impact peer-reviewed journals, and her research has been awarded several National/International awards.

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Brendan Kelly (Professor)

Brendan Kelly is Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin and Consultant Psychiatrist at Tallaght Hospital. In addition to his medical degree (MB BCh BAO), Professor Kelly holds masters degrees in epidemiology (MSc), healthcare management (MA) and Buddhist studies (MA); and doctorates in medicine (MD), history (PhD), governance (DGov) and law (PhD). Professor Kelly has authored and co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications and 400 non-peer-reviewed publications. Recent books include 'Custody, Care and Criminality' (History Press Ireland, 2014), 'Ada English: Patriot and Psychiatrist' (Irish Academic Press, 2014), '“He Lost Himself Completely”: Shell Shock and its Treatment at Dublin’s Richmond War Hospital' (Liffey Press, 2014), 'Dignity, Mental Health and Human Rights' (Routledge, 2015), 'Mental Illness, Human Rights and the Law' (RCPsych Publications, 2016) and 'Hearing Voices: The History of Psychiatry in Ireland' (Irish Academic Press, 2016). His chief interests are in mental health law, human rights, history and epidemiology.

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Michael Morris (Professor)

Prof Michael Morris, Professorial Fellow

Prof Michael Morris is the Director of AMBER and Professor of Surface and Interface Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin. AMBER is the SFI funded national material research centre and is co-funded by industry to provide disruptive science into industry partners. Prof. Morris was at University College Cork for over 20 years before moving to Trinity. He has worked in the area of self-assembly for over 20 years, publishing over 300 papers in this area. These self-assembly methods have been used to develop key industry technologies in fields such as chromatography and nanoelectronics. Currently Prof. Morris is using block copolymer self-assembly as a form of nanolithography for electronic device fabrication. Prof. Morris has key collaborators at Intel (Ireland and the US), Merck (membrane science) and Johnson and Johnson. Prof. Morris is the cofounder of Glantreo, a company supplying chromatography materials to industry.

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Valeria Nicolosi (Professor)

Prof Valeria Nicolosi, Professorial Fellow

Prof. Nicolosi received a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Catania (Italy) in 2001 and a PhD in Physics in 2006 from Trinity College Dublin. In 2008 she moved to the University of Oxford with a RAEng/EPSRC Fellowship. In 2012 she returned to Trinity College Dublin as Research Professor. Today she is the Professor of Nanomaterials and Advanced Microscopy in the School of Chemistry, and a PI in CRANN and the SFI Centre AMBER.

She has published more than 150 high-impact-papers and won numerous awards: RDS/Intel Prize for Nanoscience 2012, World Economic Forum Young Scientist 2013, WMB Woman in Technology Award 2013, SFI President of Ireland Young Researcher Award 2014, SFI Irish Early Stage Researcher 2016.

Prof. Nicolosi has been awarded 5 European Research Council Awards: a Eur1.5m Starting Grant in 2011, 3 Proof-of-Concept top-up grants to bring results of frontier research closer to the market, and a Eur2.5m Consolidator Grant in 2016, bringing her total research funding awarded in the past 5 years to over Eur12 million.

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Raj Chari (Professor in)

Raj Chari, Associate Professor, New Fellow

Born and raised in Canada, Chari earned his PhD from Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario). His research is centred on comparative public policy, with a focus on the regulation of lobbyists from a global comparative perspective, the relationship between business and politics, and EU competition policy (state aid control and Mergers and Acquisitions). He has also written on electoral behaviour and party politics. His books have been published by leading university presses, including Oxford University Press which published his latest book Life After Privatization. In terms of larger goals of outreach with the international policy-making community, Chari has advised and presented expert evidence to governments/institutions in both Ireland and throughout the globe on lobbying regulation and the development of lobbying laws. Some of these governments/institutions include the UK, Scotland, the Czech Republic, Serbia, New South Wales (Australia), the European Parliament, and the Council of Europe.

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Imelda Coyne (Professor in)

Imelda Coyne is Professor in Children’s Nursing and currently the Director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning for Nursing and Midwifery. She completed her PhD at King’s College University London in 2003. Her research focuses on child and family centred care, shared decision-making, and chronic illness management for children and families. She is the co-author of more than 300 research articles, books, book chapters, letters, and abstracts.

She helped develop a major interdisciplinary research centre, the Trinity Research in Childhood Centre (TRiCC) and is a co-director. She is an Ambassador for the Participation Hub, Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA). She currently holds the Alva Myrdal Professorship, Malardalen University and has held visiting appointments at the University of Lund and Nuffield Council of Bioethics. She has undertaken policy-relevant research for several government bodies, and participates actively in the European Academy of Nursing Science Board (EANS), International Association for Communication in Healthcare (EACH), and Children’s Research in Ireland and Northern Ireland (CRIINI) networks.

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Daniel Geary (Associate Professor)

Daniel Geary, Associate Professor, New Fellow

Daniel Geary was appointed to the Mark Pigott Professorship in U.S. History in 2008, becoming the first scholar to hold this post. He is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley (PhD, 2004 & MA, 1999) and the University of Virginia (BA 1997).

Dr Geary’s work explores the intellectual, cultural, and political history of the twentieth-century United States. He is the author of Beyond Civil Rights: The Moynihan Report and Its Legacy, Radical Ambition: C. Wright Mills, the Left, and American Social Thought. He has published journal articles on a wide range of topics including the antifascist movement in 1930s California, the relationship of liberalism to the New Left, the reactions of Southern segregationists to European decolonization, and the music and prison activism of country singer Johnny Cash.

Dr Geary was awarded the Provost’s Teaching Award in 2015.

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Naomi Harte (Associate Professor)

Naomi Harte, Associate Professor, New Fellow

Naomi Harte is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering. She received her degree in Electronic Engineering (BA BAI) from Trinity College Dublin, and holds a PhD from Queen’s University Belfast.

Since being appointed SFI Lecturer in Digital Media Systems in TCD in 2008, Dr. Harte has explored topics in human speech communication. Her principal areas of focus are audio visual speech processing, speaker ageing, emotion in speech, speech quality, and bird song analysis.

She is a member of the highly successful Sigmedia Research Group in the School of Engineering and a Co-PI in the SFI ADAPT Centre. She has published widely in peer reviewed conferences and journals. In 2015, she was a Visiting Professor at ISCI in Berkeley, USA. She holds technology patents and licences through her collaboration with Google in the USA. She has successfully made the challenging transition from industry to academia and continues to bring a real-world agenda to her research.

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Laure Marignol (Associate Professor)

Laure Marignol, Associate Professor, New Fellow

Laure Marignol is an Associate Professor in the Discipline of Radiation Therapy. She is passionate about the combination of radiotherapy and molecular biology-radiobiology. Since her appointment at Trinity College Dublin in 2010, she has developed an internationally-recognised radiobiology laboratory. Her lab addresses the international challenge of the optimal management of prostate cancer patients. In particular her work aims to generate new prognostic algorithms that detect patients at high risk of failure following radiation therapy, and design new therapeutic options that prevent tumour regrowth after radiotherapy.

Laure is an active member within the radiobiology international community. She served on the Scholar-In-Training Committee of the Radiation Research Society (USA) and pioneered the creation of this committee within the Association for Radiation Research (ARR) in the UK. She holds a leadership position within the Irish Radiation Research Society and sits on the Radiobiology Committee of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO).

Laure is the Head of Research for the Discipline of Radiation Therapy and leads the Applied Radiation Therapy Trinity research group within the Discipline. She received a Dean’s Teaching Award in 2015 for her contribution to research education.

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Bernice Murphy (Assistant Professor)

Bernice Murphy, Assistant Professor, New Fellow

Dr Bernice M. Murphy is an Assistant Professor and lecturer in Popular Literature in the School of English. She has been director of the M.Phil in Popular Literature since 2009. She received her BA and MA from Queen's University, Belfast, and undertook her PhD (on the work of American writer Shirley Jackson) at Trinity. Dr Murphy has published extensively on topics related to popular literature and popular culture. Her books include The Suburban Gothic in American Popular Culture (2009), The Rural Gothic: Backwoods Horror and Terror in the Wilderness (2013), The Highway Horror Film (2014), the co-edited collection Lost Souls of Horror and the Gothic (2016) and, most recently, the textbook Key Concepts in Contemporary Popular Fiction (2017). Her research to date has often focused on representations of place and space in American horror and gothic narratives. She is the co-founder of the online Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies and is a founding member of the recently established Irish Network for Gothic Studies (INGS).

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Redmond O'Connell (Associate Professor)

Redmond O'Connell, Assistant Professor, New Fellow

Redmond O'Connell received his PhD in 2007 from the School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin before completing postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Queensland and the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience (TCIN). He joined the faculty of the School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin in 2011 and is a principal investigator at TCIN. Dr O’Connell also holds an adjunct Senior Research Fellowship at Monash University. The primary focus of Dr O'Connell’s research is to expose the neural principles and processes that underpin both normal and abnormal decision making and involves a variety of brain measurement techniques. His work has been published in some of the leading journals in his field and is funded by major international funding agencies including the US National Science Foundation, The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, the Australian Research Council and the European Research Council (Starting Grant).

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Alan O'Connor

Alan O'Connor, Associate Professor, New Fellow

Dr. Alan O’Connor is an Associate Professor in the Discipline of Civil Engineering at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin receiving his PhD in 2001. 

Dr O'Connor is a research leader in the probabilistic life cycle assessment of civil infrastructure. He has made significant advances in experimental investigations, numerical modelling, and assessment methodologies. His work has focused on real-world field applications, uniquely combining powerful methods in probabilistic modelling and structural health monitoring techniques with fundamental structural mechanics and reliability theory to achieve valuable and tangible impacts. His research group in Trinity is focused on risk analysis of critical infrastructure networks for extreme weather events and natural hazards and on resilience assessment of critical infrastructure networks. He has authored over 170 academic papers, with more than 60 of these being peer-reviewed articles in high-impact international journals. He has delivered Keynote Addresses at international conferences in Europe, the United States and Australia.

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Stefan Sint (Associate Professor)

Stefan Sint, Associate Professor, New Fellow

Stefan Sint is an Associate Professor in the School of Mathematics.

After studies of theoretical physics at the universities of Aix-Marseille and Hamburg, Stefan Sint held research appointments at the Max-Planck-Institute in Munich, Florida State University, the University of Rome 2 and CERN before becoming a Ramon-y-Cajal fellow in Madrid. Both this and a CNRS position in France were given up in favour of his appointment, in 2006, as a lecturer in the Trinity College School of Mathematics.

His research focuses on elementary particle physics. More specifically, he works on Quantum Chromo-Dynamics (QCD), the theory underlying the strong nuclear force. Numerical simulations are used to obtain precise quantitative predictions of fundamental parameters such as the quark gluon coupling or the quark masses, which are required for precision tests of the so-called Standard Model of elementary particle physics.

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Martin Sokol (Associate Professor)

Martin Sokol, Associate Professor, New Fellow

Dr Martin Sokol is Associate Professor in Geography in the School of Natural Sciences. He is an economic geographer with interest in urban and regional development, geographies of knowledge economies, post-socialist transformations and geographies of finance. He graduated from the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava (Slovakia) and completed a Master’s degree at the University of Grenoble (France). He received his PhD from Newcastle University (UK), and subsequently worked at University College Dublin, Queen Mary University of London and University College London, among others. He joined Trinity College Dublin in 2013. Dr Sokol is a founding member and Secretary of the Global Network on Financial Geography (FinGeo) and Fellow of the Regional Studies Association (FeRSA). He was recently awarded a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant for his project GEOFIN - Western Banks in Eastern Europe: New Geographies of Financialisation.

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Clinical Speech and Language Studies Niamh Reynolds
Computer Science

David Phillips
Chia Hao Lau
Luke Lau
Seng Leung
Macdara Tinney

Dental Science

Aoife Burke
Christina Van Bakel

Early and Modern Irish Oisín Ó Muirthile
Economic and Social Studies

Aditya Garg
Tom Healy


Aron Hoffmann
Oisin Carroll
Brendan Murray
Sean Ernest Murray
Arne Philipeit
Alec Barber

English Studies

Anna Mulligan
Janice Lynne Deitner

European Studies Hannah Dympna Bowman

Alannah Marie Irwin
Jack Spain
Eunice Collins

Law and French

Meabh Catherine Smyth
Ceara Tonna-Barthet

Law and Political Science Daniela Weerasinghe
Management Science and Information Systems Studies Devin Connolly

Daniel Mulcahy
Ronan Patrick O Gorman
Oisin Colm Flynn-Connolly


Eimear Kirby
Rania El-Nemr
Niamh Mcadam

Nanoscience, Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials

Sean Kavanagh
Lucy Prendeville


Claire Henderson
Chinenye Cecilia Ezeani
Candice Michelena
Henrietta Anom

Occupational Therapy Mide Power
Pharmacy Chee Cheng Koay

Henry Alexander Dickinson
Veronika Miranda Koponen


Caitriona Quinn
Julia Wall


Margueritta Ella Goulden
Eleanor Windle
Jessica Poppy Dolliver
Carl Beadle
Daniel Dunleavy
Aine Mccabe
Eoin Simpson
Alva Casey

Two Subject Moderatorship English Literature and Greek Rory O Sullivan
Psychology and Sociology Britta Thiemt

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Last updated 18 April 2017 by Email: Fellows & Scholars (Email).