'The Development of Modern Consumer Culture in Dublin: Department Stores and the Irish Industrial Exhibition of 1853' by Dr Stephanie Rains (NUI Maynooth).
Stephanie is the Subject Leader in the Centre for Media Studies, she also co-ordinate and teach on a number of modules on the BA in Media Studies, as well as co-ordinating the MA in Radio and TV Production. Her research interests include Irish and Irish-American popular culture, including television, film and popular cultural practices such as tourism and shopping. Stephanie's doctoral thesis, completed at Dublin City University in 2003, examined the ways in which late-20thC Irish-American identity was created through the consumption of Irish-themed popular culture. Her book entitled The Irish American in Popular Culture, 1945-2000, was published by Irish Academic Press in 2007.
Stephaine has continued to research 20th century Irish and Irish-American material, but her current research focuses on 19th century Irish popular culture, with a particular emphasis on commodity culture.