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Declan Fahy

Assistant Professor
School of Communication

  • Declan Fahy has been a full-time faculty member in SOC’s journalism division since 2010. His research examines scientists as celebrities and public intellectuals, and new methods and models of science journalism. He is the author of The New Celebrity Scientists: Out of the Lab and Into the Limelight (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).

    His scholarship has been published in journals including Journalism, Journalism Studies, Nature Chemistry, Science Communication, BMC Medical Ethics, Health Promotion Practice and Irish Communications Review.

    Before becoming an academic, he worked as a reporter and feature writer for The Longford Leader, Irish Daily Mirror and The Irish Times. His recent journalism has appeared at the Columbia Journalism Review and The Scientist. On Twitter he is @fahydeclan
  • Degrees

    BA Dublin City University (Journalism); MSc Dublin City University and Queen's University Belfast (Science Communication); PhD Dublin City University (Communications).
  • Favorite Spot on Campus:

    The library's quiet floor.

    Book Currently Reading:

    Future Perfect by Steven Johnson.

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  • McKinley - 210

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  • Spring 2015

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Fahy, D. (2015, forthcoming). The New Celebrity Scientists: Out of the Lab and Into the Limelight. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Fahy, D & Lewenstein, B.V. (2014). "Scientists in Popular Culture: The Making of Celebrity," In Handbook of Public Communication of Science and Technology. B. Trench and M. Bucchi (eds.) New York: Routledge. 

Nisbet, M.C. & Fahy, D. (2013). Bioethics in Popular Science: Evaluating the Media Impact of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on the Biobank Debate. BMC Medical Ethics. 14(10), pp1-9.

Fahy, D. and Nisbet, MC. (2011). The Science Journalist Online: Shifting roles and emerging practices. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism,12(7), pp778-793.

Hartings, M.R and Fahy, D. (2011). Communicating chemistry for public engagement. Nature Chemistry. Vol 3. September, pp674-677.

Media Appearances

Catanzaro, M. (2012, 8 January). La estrella del 'Big Bang'. el Periodico. p35

Revkin, A. (2011, 28 September). Reliable Sources in an Age of Too Much Information. Dot Earth blog. The New York Times.

Catanzaro, M. (2010, November 7). Universos infinits sense Deu. el Periodico. p10-11

Vergano, D. (2010, September 7). Hawking book explains creation of universe minus God. USA Today.

Professional Presentations

Fahy, D. (2013). The Science Journalist as Science Critic: Scientific American's John Horgan as Case Study. Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), San Diego, California, October 12.

Fahy, D. (2011). Richard Dawkins: A critical case study of the celebrity scientist. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication 2011. St Louis, Missouri. 12 August.

Fahy, D. (2011). Science communication in Europe. Invited presentation at The National Academies 72nd Ocean Studies Board Meeting. The National Academies, Washington, D.C. 29 March.


AU Expert

Area of Expertise: Health, science, and environmental journalism; science communication; celebrity and communication; financial journalism; Irish and British media systems; mass media reporting of the European Union

Additional Information: Declan Fahy is an assistant professor in health, science and environmental journalism at the School of Communication, where his current research focuses on science journalism, science communication, and the mass media representation of famous scientists. He has undertaken research projects that analyzed media coverage of the Irish workplace tobacco ban, opinion and commentary journalism, business journalism, and the reporting of the European Union. His research appears in the scholarly journals Science Communication; Public Understanding of Science; Health Promotion Practice; Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism; Journalism Studies; and Irish Communications Review. Fahy has worked as a reporter for the Irish Times, Irish Daily Mirror, and the Longford Leader and holds a BA (journalism), an MSc (science communication), and a PhD (communication) degrees from Dublin City University, Ireland.

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