Nessa Cronin is Lecturer in Irish Studies, Centre for Irish Studies, and Associate Director of the Moore Institute at NUI Galway, Ireland. She has published widely on various aspects of Irish Literature, Cultural Geography and Community Mapping practices. She read English and Philosophy for her undergraduate degree at Trinity College, Dublin (1998) and received an MA in Continental Philosophy and Literature from Warwick University (2000). She was awarded a PhD in Irish Studies by NUI Galway in 2007, and was the recipient of an IRCHSS Postgraduate Scholarship, Arts Faculty Fellowship, and a Notre-Dame Summer School Fellowship for her doctoral research. She has been the recipient of 3 Irish Research Council awards, and bursaries from the European Science Foundation and Culture Ireland, and has been awarded visiting fellowships in University of Stanford, Univeristé de Nantes and University of Concordia.