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Professor Malachy Ó Néill

Chair of ACIS 2021 Organising Committee, Provost, Ulster University's Magee Campus 

Professor Ó Néill is Provost of Ulster University’s Magee Campus (Derry) and former Head of the School of Irish Language and Literature. He is a member of the Irish Language, Literature and Celtic Cultures Committee (Royal Irish Academy) and the Language Development Forum of Foras na Gaeilge. His research includes modern Irish pedagogy, the Ó Néill dynasty and Irish language theatre. He is a former editor of An tUltach and was a member of the Review Board of the Official Irish Language Standard (2016).  He was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2019, the highest accolade in UK Higher Education.

ACIS Officers

Kate Costello-Sullivan

Professor of Modern Irish Literature, English Dept President, American Conference for Irish Studies Series Editor, Irish Line, Syracuse University Press

Kate Costello-Sullivan is Professor of Modern Irish literature at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. She earned an M.A. and Ph.D. from Boston College. She is the author of Mother/Country: Politics of the Personal in the Fiction of Colm Tóibín and edited critical editions of J. Sheridan Le Fanu's novella Carmilla and Norah Hoult's Poor Women!. Her most recent monograph,  Trauma and Recovery in the Twenty-first-Century Irish Novel was published in March 2018. Kate is the current President of the American Conference for Irish studies—the largest Irish academic organization in the world— and the first female series editor of the Syracuse University Press Irish line. 


Kelly Matthews

Professor of English and Coordinator of Liberal Studies

Framingham State University

Kelly Matthews is Professor of English at Framingham State University and Vice President of the American Conference for Irish Studies.  She holds degrees from Harvard, Trinity College Dublin, Boston University, and Ulster University.  Her first book, The Bell Magazine and the Representation of Irish Identity, was published by Four Courts Press in 2012, and she co-edited the collection The Country of the Young: Interpretations of Youth and Childhood in Irish Culture, published by Four Courts Press in 2013.  Her scholarly work has appeared in the Irish University Review, Éire-Ireland, New Hibernia Review, New Voices in Irish Criticism, and other journals. 


Nicole McClure

Nicole McClure is an assistant professor of English at Kutztown University where she teaches international cinema, feminist film theory, and documentary cinema. Her research area focuses heavily on two branches of Irish cinema, literary adaptation and depictions of the Troubles. Her work on literary adaptation challenges traditional understanding of filmed literature to rethink the form as an evolving narrative, rather than a copy of the original work. Her chapter, “Bad Da’s: Revising failed fatherhood in Irish literary adaptations,” is to be published in an upcoming collection for the Adaptation and Visual Culture series from Palgrave MacMillan. She is currently the Web and Communications Director for the American Conference for Irish Studies.

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