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Academic biography

Dr Áine McGillicuddy (B.A., M.A., Ph.D) is Assistant Professor in the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (SALIS) where she lectures in German Studies and Children's /YA Literature Studies. Her doctoral thesis, focussing on bilingual Alsatian Expressionist writer René Schickele (1883-1940), was published as a monograph entitled René Schickele and Alsace: Cultural Identity between the Borders. She has also conducted research on the works of Alsatian picturebook propagandist Hansi (1873-1951). More recent interests span the fields of Children's/YA Literature Studies and Exile Studies, particularly fictionalised child exile narratives from the Nazi era to the present day. She is co-editor of the book Politics and Ideology in Children's Literature and has authored articles and book chapters on child exiles from Nazi-controlled Europe and on picturebooks engaging with migration in contemporary contexts.

She lectures on DCU's MA in Children's and YA Literature progamme and supervises MA dissertations and doctoral research in the areas of Children's/YA Literature Studies, material culture and ecocriticism. Over a period of ten years, she was an executive committee member of the Irish Society for the Study of Children's Literature (ISSCL) and Vice-President / President of the Irish branch of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). She is a member of the Centre for Translation and Textual Studies (DCU) and was the Centre's Director from January 2017-August 2020 as well as a board member of the Irish Humanities Alliance from December 2017-2020.

Currently, she is a member of the DCU research team for the EU co-funded Creative Europe project G-Book 2: European teens as readers and creators (2020-2022). She is also a reviewer of new children's and YA fiction for Children's Books Ireland (CBI). She welcomes doctoral proposals in the area of Children's/YA Literature Studies, particularly those with a focus on German Exile Studies, ecocriticism and / or multi-modal narratives. 

Research interests

Children's and Young Adult Literature Studies; German Expressionist literature and art; Alsace Studies.