Mark O’Brien is Associate Professor of Journalism History at DCU where he researches and teaches in the areas of journalism history, media and politics, crime, policing and media, and religion, media and society. He joined DCU in 2001 and is a former Academic Director of Boston University's Dublin Program. He is author / co-editor of over a dozen books on various aspects of media and journalism history and chairs DCU's Media History Collection initiative and the Mary Raftery Prize for journalism. He is co-founder of the Newspaper & Periodical History Forum of Ireland and the Transnational Journalism History Network. His current research focuses on the relationship between writers, journalism, and the Irish state from 1922 to 1967.