Award: Fulbright Irish Scholar Award
Institution: Dublin City University
Kevin Rafter is Professor of Political Communication at Dublin City University where he has been Head of the School of Communications and Associate Dean for Research.
He has published extensively on Irish politics and media. His books include ‘Taoisigh and the Arts’ (2022) and ‘Resilient Reporting: Media Coverage of Irish Elections since 1969’ (2020). Prior to 2008, he worked as a political journalist holding senior positions with RTÉ News, the Irish Times, Sunday Times and Sunday Tribune as well as being editor of Magill magazine. A qualified Chartered Director at the Institute of Directors (London), he was appointed Chair of the Arts Council of Ireland in June 2019. As a Fulbright Scholar at Boston College in 2024, he will work on a book entitled, ‘Ireland in the 1980s’. The project includes an examination of US influence on Irish economic policy and the conflict in Northern Ireland.