Visiting Speakers

Andrea Martin

Media lawyer and speaker
MediaLawyer Solicitors

 Andrea has been a solicitor for over 20 years and has specialised exclusively in the area of media and entertainment law since 1998.  She worked for 6 years as part of RTÉ’s in-house legal team before establishing her own specialist media law practice in 2003. She is a consultant with the Media Group of Eugene F. Collins, Solicitors in Dublin. She advises a range of clients on defamation, privacy, copyright, media content acquisition and licensing as well as data protection issues. In 2011, Oak Tree Press ( published Andrea’s guidebook to media law, Quick Win Media Law Ireland – Your Top 100 Media Law Questions Answered (available in paperback, e book and as an App).  In recent years, Andrea has taken a particular interest in the legal implications of social media use.  

Donna Masini is the author of two collections of poems -- Turning to Fiction ( WW Norton and Co, 2004), and That Kind of Danger  (Beacon Press, 1994), which was selected by Mona Van Duyn for  the Barnard Women Poet's Prize -- and a  novel,  About Yvonne, (WW Norton and Co, 1998).

Airea D. Matthews is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection simulacra (Yale University Press, 2017), selected by Carl Phillips as the winner of the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets. Matthews received an MFA from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan, where she is currently the assistant director; she also serves as executive editor of The Offing. A Cave Canem Fellow and a Kresge Literary Arts Fellow, Matthews lives in Detroit.

Anne-Marie McAlinden

Professor at the School of Law
Queens University, Belfast

Anne-Marie McAlinden is a Lecturer in the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast. She obtained a Master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice (with distinction) and a PhD from Queen’s on the subject of sex offender management. She previously held posts as Lecturer in Law and Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Ulster, before completing her PhD and joining the academic staff at Queen’s. She currently teaches in the areas of evidence and sentencing. Her research is in the areas of sexual offences, restorative justice and penal policy where she has published widely. Her first book, The Shaming of Sexual Offenders: Risk, Retribution and Reintegration (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2007), was awarded the British Society of Criminology Book Prize 2008. She has also acted as a consultant to government on a number of projects related to sex offender reintegration, including public attitudes to sex offenders. Anne-Marie's monograph entitled Grooming: The Familial, Institutional and Internet Abuse of Children, was published as part of the Clarendon Series in Criminology by Oxford University Press in 2013.

Nolan McCarty

Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs
Princeton University

Nolan McCarty is the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs and Chair of the Department of Politics. He was formerly the associate dean at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. His research interests include U.S. politics, democratic political institutions, and political game theory. He is the recipient of the Robert Eckles Swain National Fellowship from the Hoover Institution and the John M. Olin Fellowship in Political Economy. He has co-authored three books: Political Game Theory (2006, Cambridge University Press with Adam Meirowitz), Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches (2006, MIT Press with Keith Poole and Howard Rosenthal) and Political Bubbles: Financial Crises and the Failure of American Democracy (with Keith Poole and Howard Rosenthal). In 2010, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He earned his A.B. from the University of Chicago and his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University.

Dearbhail McDonald

Independent News and Media Group Business Editor

Independent News and Media Group Business Editor

Brian Meeks

Professor of Africana Studies, Chair of Africana Studies
Brown University

Brian Meeks is Professor and Chair of Africana Studies at Brown University. He previously served as Professor of Social and Political Change and Director of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. He has also taught at Michigan State University, Florida International University and Anton de Kom University of Suriname and served as Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University, Stanford University and Brown University. He has published ten books and edited collections, including Critical Interventions in Caribbean Politics and Theory, Caribbean Revolutions and Revolutionary Theory : an Assessment of Cuba, Nicaragua and Grenada, Narratives of Resistance and Envisioning Caribbean Futures: Jamaican Perspectives. His novel Paint the Town Red was published in 2003.

Daphne Merkin

Critic, Essayist and Novelist

Daphne Merkin is the author of a novel, Enchantment, and a collection of essays, Dreaming of Hitler. She lives in New York City and is at work on a memoir, Melancholy Baby.