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 a member of the steering committee of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies. In 2018 I co-edited a Journal of War and Culture Studies special issue 'Arts and Artefacts: Memory and Guilt in Twentieth-century Europe', the outcome of a symposium held by the Centre.
My book, Irish Literature and the First World War: Culture Identity and Memory was published in December 2015. Other recent publications have included: 'The City of the Farset: Portrayals of Belfast in Three Novels by Glenn Patterson' in Irish Urban Fictions eds Beville and Flynn (2018) '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).