About me




I'm Lecturer in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy at UCD. Originally from Los Angeles, I have taught in UCD's School of Art History and Cultural Policy since 2003, where I was appointed Permanent Lecturer in 2008. My teaching and research span both art history and cultural policy at undergraduate and postgraduate level, informed by previous professional experience as an arts manager, and an interest in visual art, its institutions and the public sphere. My UCD research profile is here: http://www.ucd.ie/research/people/arthistoryculturalpolicy/dremilymarkfitzgerald/

Areas of expertise

(1) public art and commemoration
(2) Irish cultural heritage and memory
(3) migration, diaspora and visual culture
(4) museums, exhibition practice and arts and cultural policy
(5) 19th century – contemporary Irish art and visual culture (with specialisms in early photography, social subject painting, public art and monuments)
My monograph 'Commemorating the Irish Famine: Memory and the Monument' (on the visual culture and commemoration of the Famine) was published in 2013 by Liverpool University Press. My current research project — 'Migration and the Museum: Ireland, Diaspora and the Politics of Culture' — examines the recent evolution of new 'sites of memory' of immigrant heritage, and the role of the public institution in foregrounding identity construction and the preservation and presentation of the experience, memory and legacy of migration. Supported by grants from the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation, Royal Irish Academy, Government of Canada (International Council for Canadian Studies), UCD's Horizon Scanning Fund, and the Irish Research Council, this project includes a survey of recently constructed/re-developed museums of migration in Ireland, Canada, the United States and Australia, examining the political agency underlying their formation; their strategies of display, curation and interpretation; and the visual culture of Irish and international migration these museums both contribute to and shape.

Member Details

Full Name

Emily Mark-FitzGerald (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian



2003-2008 PhD, University College Dublin (Ireland)
School of Art History and Cultural Policy / Humanities Institute of Ireland

2002-2003 Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)
Conducted one year of M.Litt research as a US-Ireland Alliance George Mitchell Scholar; transferred work over to PhD program in Autumn 2003.

1999-2002 MA, Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana)
MA Arts Administration, summa cum laude

1995-1999 BA, University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) BA, Art History major, Spanish minor, summa cum laude


(9/2008-present) Permanent Lecturer, School of Art History and Cultural Policy, University College Dublin (Dublin, Ireland)

(9/2007-8/2008) Assistant Lecturer, School of Art History and Cultural Policy, University College Dublin (Dublin, Ireland)

Consultancy work

Apart from academic/scholarly experience at third level universities (Indiana University and University College Dublin), I've worked for a wide range of arts and cultural organizations, including design (Zero G), museum/visual arts curation (Lismore Castle Arts, Art for Amnesty International, Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art), and the performing arts (African American Arts Institute of Indiana University, Buskirk-Chumley Theatre).

Management & Administrative experience

Recent administrative responsibilities have included Art History Programme Coordinator, 3rd Year Coordinator, School representative on Teaching & Learning committee, College of Arts and Celtic Studies representative on the university-wide First Year committee, Acting Director of MA in Arts Management and Cultural Policy. Ongoing responsibilities include tutor recruitment and training, and support for recruitment and induction for MA programmes in Art History and Cultural Policy. I also maintain a popular blog on Irish arts management, http://www.artsmanagement.ie (nominated for an Irish Blog Award in 2013, with 2000+ weekly subscribers), offering commentary on cultural policy news and maintaining a job listings page.


Teaching is primarily focused on modern/contemporary art and visual culture, art historical theory and research methods, and arts management/cultural policy. I recently redeveloped the gateway introductory course for first year undergraduates, ‘Tools of Art History’, taken by approx. 175 students annually.

Outreach activities

Co-founder, Artefact: Journal of the Irish Association of Art Historians (2008)
Current external Examiner, MPhil in Irish Art, Trinity College Dublin (2013 – present)

Committees & Associations

Board member, Irish Museums Association (2009 – present)
Board member, Irish Theatre Magazine (2011 – 2014)


(2012) Seed Funding – Horizon Scanning Grant, University College Dublin
(2012) Faculty Research Grant, International Council for Canadian Studies
(2012) Faculty Mobility Grant, Royal Irish Academy
(2011-2012) Career Enhancement Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
(2003-2006) Humanities Institute of Ireland Fellow
(2005) Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation – Research Grant
(2003-2004) Mellon-Mays Research Grant (Social Science Research Council)
(2004) Thomas Dammann Award (Royal Hibernian Academy)
(2002-2003) George J. Mitchell Scholar, US-Ireland Alliance

Other activities

External Examiner, MPhil in Irish Art, Trinity College Dublin (2013 – present)



Commemorating the Irish Famine: Memory and the Monument. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2013.

Collaborations and Conversations: Stoney Road Press 2002-2007. Stoney Road Press: Dublin, 2007.

Book Chapters

‘Photography and the Visual Legacy of Famine’, in Memory Ireland Volume 3: Memory Cruxes: The Famine and The Troubles, Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2014.

The 'Irish Holocaust': Historical Trauma and the Commemoration of the Famine”, in The Visual Politics of Psychoanalysis: Art and the image in post-traumatic cultures,, ed. Griselda Pollock. London: IB Tauris, 2013.

‘The Irish Famine and Commemorative Culture’, in Holodomor and Gorta Mór: Histories, Memories and Representations of the Famine in Ukraine and Ireland, ed. by Christian Noack, Lindsay Janssen and Vincent Comerford. London: Anthem Press, 2012.

‘Commemoration and the Performance of Irish Famine Memory’, in Crossroads: Performance Studies and Irish Culture, ed. Fintan Martin Walsh and Sara Brady. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2009.

“Towards a Famine Art History: Invention, Reception, and Repetition from the Nineteenth Century to the Twentieth”, in Ireland’s Great Hunger: Relief, Representation, and Remembrance, ed. David Valone. Lanham MD: University Press of America, 2009.

‘Pathos and Paddywhackery: Erskine Nicol and the Painting of the Irish Famine’, in Beyond the Anchoring Grounds: More Cross-currents in Irish and Scottish Studies (Belfast Studies in Language, Culture and Politics 14). Belfast: University of Aberdeen/Queen’s University Belfast, 2005.

Peer Reviewed Journals

‘Famine Memory and the Gathering of Stones: Genealogies of Belonging’, Journal of Atlantic Studies (forthcoming, 2014).

Other Journals

Founding Editor, Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy, Vol. 1, October 2013 – present.

Founding Editor, Artefact (Journal of the Irish Association of Art Historians). Vol. 1, Winter 2007; Vol. 2, Winter 2008.


Monthly columnist on Irish cultural policy, Visual Artist News Sheet (publication of Visual Artists Ireland). 2011-present.

Frequent reviewer for Irish Arts Review, Museum Ireland, and (formerly) CIRCA


Biographical entries on Irish artists John Behan, Eamonn O’Doherty, Rowan Gillespie, and subject entry on Irish Famine sculpture, in the Royal Irish Academy’s Dictionary of Irish Artists & Architects (expected 2014).

Assistant Editor: SubUrban to SuperRural: Ireland at the Venice Biennale 2006, ed. Shane O’Toole. Irish Architecture Foundation: Dublin, 2006.

Assistant Editor: In the time of shaking: Irish Artists for Amnesty International, ed. Ciarán Benson. Art for Amnesty: Dublin, 2004.