Primary Department
School of Communications
Head of School
Kevin Rafter
Phone number: 01 700
Glasnevin Campus
Room Number
GLA. C172

Academic biography

Kevin Rafter is Full Professor of Political Communication and Head of the School of Communications. He is Chair of the Arts Council of Ireland and also Chair of Compliance Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

The author/editor of over a dozen books, Kevin has published over 40 book chapters and academic journal articles with a specific focus on Irish media and politics. His research has been published in journals such as Press/Politics, European Journal of Communication, Journalism, Journalism Studies, Media History and Irish Political Studies. His most recent book publication is the co-authored, Resilient Reporting: Media Coverage of Irish Elections Since 1969 (Manchester University Press, 2019). He is currently completing a biography of Emile Joseph Dillon (1854-1933), a special correspondent of the Daily Telegraph.

Kevin was the Independent Rapporteur to the talks that led to the formation of Ireland's minority coalition in 2016 and was chaired a major independent review group on civil service reform in 2015. He is a qualified Chartered Director and was previously a board member of Dublin Bus, the Galway International Arts Festival and Oxfam Ireland as well as Chair of Culture Ireland.

Kevin has qualifications in economics [BA(Mod; MLitt], politics [MA; PhD] and in corporate law and governance from the Law Society of Ireland and the Institute of Directors.

Since joining DCU in 2010, he has served as Head of the School of Communications (2017-present), Associate Dean for Research (2012-16) and as Chairperson of the MA Political Communication programme (2010-present). From 2008 to 2010 he was Head of the Department of Film and Media at the National Film School, IADT, Dun Laoghaire.

Prior to 2008, he held senior editorial positions with the Irish Times (political reporter), the Sunday Times (political correspondent), Sunday Tribune (political editor/assistant editor), Magill magazine (editor) and RTÉ, the Irish national broadcaster. He primarily presented the This Week radio programme for RTE‰ as well as presenting Morning Ireland and the News at One, and working as a correspondent for Prime Time. As well as Irish national politics - covering general elections in 1997, 2002 and 2007 - Kevin reported on the peace process in Northern Ireland, elections in the United Kingdom and Germany as well as foreign news events in Malawi, Tanzania, the Beslan School massacre and the death of Pope John Paul II.