Dr Chris Cusack (he/him) is a researcher, writer, teacher, and literary critic. He works as a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, where he is working on a project on Irish- and German-American local colour writing. Previously, he was a lecturer and teacher educator at HAN University of Applied Sciences, and he has also taught at the University of Amsterdam and Emerson College European Center. He was awarded his PhD cum laude in 2018 for a thesis on fiction about the Great Irish Famine, and has been the recipient of a number of scholar- and fellowships. His research on the literature and culture of Ireland and its North American diaspora has appeared or is forthcoming in a range of books, and in journals such as Atlantic Studies, Irish Studies Review, New Hibernia Review, Breac, Symbiosis, and Open Library of Humanities. He has also (co-)edited several books and a special issue of Religion & Literature. As a teacher, he enjoys writing about literature pedagogies.
At the moment, Chris is co-editing a book on Irish literary corpses and writing a cultural history of the coffin. By night, he moonlights as a poet, with big words but only fair to middling success. His creative work has appeared in several places, including Poetry Ireland Review, Banshee, The Honest Ulsterman, Hinterland, Ink Sweat & Tears, Abridged, 3:AM, and The Manchester Review. His literary criticism appears in venues such as the Times Literary Supplement, the Irish Times, Poetry London, and Poetry Review.
Chris is also chair of the board of Kwatta, the internationally renowned Dutch children’s theatre company. He likes books, cats, and T. rexes, and believes that Wikipedia is wrong in classifying the Godzilla franchise as dinosaur flicks.