From 2003 until my retirement in 2010, I was Dean of Arts and Humanities at Liverpool Hope. Since my retirement, I have continued with my research in the areas of Irish literature and conflict literature, in particular the literature of the First World War. I continue to teach in the area of early twentieth-century Irish literature and offer dissertation supervision in this area. I am Chair of the International Board of Advisors for the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies.
My book, Irish Literature and the First World War: Culture Identity and Memory was published in December 2015. Other recent publications have included: 'Out on a Great Adventure: The Travels of Patrick MacGill' in Voyages Between France and Ireland eds Healy and Bastiat (2017), 'Our Dead Shall Not Have Died in Vain: the war poetry of Harry Midgley' in Towards 2016: 1916 in Irish Literature, Culture and Society' eds Crosson and Huber (2015); 'Beyond Imagination: Landscapes of the Western Front in Four Irish Writers' in JOFIS (Journal of Franco-Irish Studies) Vol 4.1 (2015); 'Sebastian Barry's Portrayal of History's Marginalised People' in Studi Irlandesi, A Journal of Irish Studies Vol.3 (2013).
and an active member of the British Association for Irish Studies, the International Association for the Study of Irish Literature and the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies.