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Assoc Professor Emily Mark-Fitzgerald

Assoc Professor

Emily Mark-Fitzgerald

Associate Professor, Head Of School
School of Art History and Cultural Policy
01 716 8554
University College Dublin, School of Art History and Cultural Policy, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


Dr Emily Mark-FitzGerald is Associate Professor in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy, where her research concerns Irish art history, visual culture, museum/heritage studies and cultural policy from the 19th c. - present. Her specialisations include the visual culture of famine, poverty, migration, and diaspora (painting, engraving, photography, cinema and material culture); memory, commemoration and public art; museum studies and heritage; and Irish cultural policy and institutions. Her acclaimed monograph Commemorating the Irish Famine: Memory and the Monument (Liverpool University Press) was published in 2013 (hardback) and 2015 (paperback). Originally from Los Angeles, Dr Mark-FitzGerald holds a BA in Art History and Spanish from the University of Southern California, an MA in Arts Administration from Indiana University and a PhD in Art History from University College Dublin. She is the recipient of major fellowships and research funding from the US-Ireland Alliance (Mitchell Scholarship), Mellon Foundation/Social Science Research Council, Humanities Institute of Ireland, Royal Hibernian Academy, Royal Irish Academy, Irish Research Council, and Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Dr. Mark-FitzGerald is a founding editor of Artefact: the Journal of the Irish Association of Art Historians, 2007-9, and the Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy, 2013-present. Since 2014 she has represented Art History on the Historical Studies Committee of the Royal Irish Academy. She is a core advisory board member of the International Network for Irish Famine Studies, funded by the European Research Council and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) Active also in the Irish arts and cultural community, she served as one of the Directors of the Irish Museums Association from 2009-18; is a current board member of Arts and Disability Ireland; and runs the popular blog reflecting on developments in the Irish cultural sector.


  • Board of Management, Humanities Institute of Ireland
    University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland2017


  • Assistant Lecturer, School of Art History & Cultural Policy
    University College Dublin1 Sep 2007 - 1 Sep 2008
  • Occasional Lecturer, Cultural Policy & Arts Management
    University College Dublin1 Sep 2003 - 1 Sep 2007
  • Senior Tutor, History of Art
    University College Dublin1 Sep 2003 - 1 May 2006
  • Assistant to the Director
    African American Arts Institute of Indiana University1 Sep 2001 - 1 May 2002
  • Teaching Assistant, Development & Fundraising
    Indiana University Foundation (Indiana University)1 Sep 2001 - 1 Jun 2002
  • Road Manager, Choral Ensemble
    African American Arts Institute of Indiana University1 Sep 1999 - 1 Aug 2000


  • Consultant (design studio)
    Zero-G1 Aug 2006 - 1 Aug 2007
  • Curatorial Assistant/Project Coordinator
    Lismore Castle Arts, Co. Waterford1 Jun 2005 - 1 Sep 2005
  • Project Manager, 'In the time of shaking'
    Art for Amnesty1 Sep 2002 - 1 Jun 2004
  • Graduate Intern, Exhibitions
    Getty Museum1 Sep 2001 - 1 May 2001


  • BA
    Univ of Southern California
  • MA
    Indiana University IN. USA
  • DPhil
    University College Dublin


  • Spanish; Castilian
    Can read, write, speak and understand
  • French
    Can read
  • Italian
    Can read