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Department of Psychology  

Dr. Marc Scully

B.A., M.Sc., H.Dip. (Social Policy)., Ph.D.

Room R103

Tel: 061 774781

Email: marc.scully@mic.ul.ie 


Marc Scully graduated from University College Cork in 2003 with a BA in Applied Psychology. He subsequently completed a MSc in Applied Social Psychology at the University of Bath and a Higher Diploma in Social Policy at University College Cork. He was awarded his PhD from the Open University in 2010 for his thesis “Discourses of Authenticity and National Identity among the Irish Diaspora in England”. He was a Research Associate, and later Project Manager for the Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain research programme, based at the University of Leicester. He then worked as a Lecturer in Social Psychology at Loughborough University.

Marc joined Mary Immaculate College (MIC) as a Lecturer in Psychology in 2017. He teaches modules in Social Psychology as well as supervising undergraduate and postgraduate research.

Research Interests

Marc Scully’s main research interests lie in applying social psychology to questions of identification with place, predominantly in relation to migration, and local, national, transnational and diasporic identities. He has a particular interest in how ‘authenticity’ is constructed through discourse. He is an advocate of qualitative methods, and works in and around the tradition of critical discursive psychology. He is strongly committed to interdisciplinarity, having worked in the past with sociologists, geographers, historians, archaeologists, linguists and geneticists among others.

Marc’s work has appeared in a number of national and international media outlets, and he has also been an invited speaker and panellist at a variety of academic and public conferences and discussions. He is a semi-regular commentator on Irish diaspora issues.

He tweets at @marcdonnchadh

Professional Memberships

British Psychological Society


Scully, M. (2019) Making and ‘faking’ a diasporic heritage. In R. Cohen & C. Fischer (eds). Routledge Handbook of Diaspora Studies (pp.97-105). London: Routledge.

Scully, M. (2018). Constructing Masculinity through Genetic Legacies: Family Histories, Y-Chromosomes, and “Viking Identities”. Genealogy, 2(1), 8.

Scully, M., Brown S.D. & King, T. (2016) Becoming a Viking: DNA Testing, genetic ancestry and placeholder identity. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 39 (2) 162-180. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2016.1105991

Capper, M. & Scully, M. (2016) Ancient objects with modern meanings: museums, volunteers and the Staffordshire Hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold as a marker of 21st-century regional identity. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 39 (2) 181-193. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2016.1105996

Scully, M. (2015) “Emigrants in the traditional sense”? – Irishness in England, contemporary migration, and collective memory of the 1950s. Irish Journal of Sociology, 23 (2) 133-148. https://doi.org/10.7227/IJS.23.2.9

Scully, M. (2015) The Problem of a Subjective Authenticity and the Articulation of Belonging among the Irish in England - a Psychosocial Approach. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 12(1) 34-44. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14780887.2014.958369

Scully, M., King, T. & Brown S.D. (2013) Remediating Viking Origins: Genetic Code as Archival Memory of the Remote Past. Sociology, 47(5), 873-890. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038513493538

Scully, M. (2013). BIFFOs, jackeens and Dagenham Yanks: county identity, "authenticity" and the Irish diaspora. Irish Studies Review, 21(2), 143-163. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09670882.2013.808874

Scully, Marc. (2012). Local Spaces, Liminality and Authenticity: The Case of the Irish Diaspora in England. In R. Kenedy, M. Greenfields, J. Rollins & S. P. Gabriel (Eds.), Diasporic Identities and Spaces Between (pp. 117-146). Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

Scully, M. (2012) "Whose Day Is It Anyway? St. Patrick's Day as a Contested Performance of National and Diasporic Irishness." Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 12(1), 118-135. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1754-9469.2011.01149.x

Scully, M. (2012) "The tyranny of transnational discourse: 'authenticity' and Irish diasporic identity in Ireland and England'. Nations & Nationalism, 18, 2, 191-209. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-8129.2011.00534.x

Scully, M. (2010). Local Identification and Authenticity among the Irish Diaspora in England. In L. De Pretto, G. Macri & C. Wong (Eds.), Diasporas: Revisiting & Discovering (pp. 225-244). Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

Scully, M. (2009). 'Plastic and Proud'? Discourses of Authenticity among the Second-Generation Irish in England. Psychology & Society, 2(2), 124-135. Weblink 

Recent conference presentations  

Scully, M. (2016) “Search for the (Viking) hero inside yourself: Masculinity, Place and Applied Genetic History, at the BPS Social Psychology section annual conference, Cardiff, 31st August 2016.

Scully, M. (2016) “Learning to be a Viking: How Personal Engagement with DNA Shapes Representations of Regional and National History”, at the Agents Through Time conference, University of Limerick, 8th July 2016.

Scully, M. & Brown, S.D. (2016) “Reading the Viking Within: DNA, Archival Memory and Identity in Yorkshire”, at the Genomics, History & Identities conference held by the Centre for Subjectivity Research at the University of Copenhagen, 21st January, 2016.

Scully, M. (2015) “Becoming a Viking: Processes of Identification with the Remote Past” – seminar paper for the University of Cambridge Social & Developmental Psychology Seminar Series, 10th November, 2015.

Scully, M. (2015) “Finding ‘Viking’ ancestry” at the Impact of Diasporas conference, Royal Geographical Society, London, 17th September 2015.

Scully, M. (2015) “Unforgetting the fifties generation: the collective memory of post-war Irish emigration and contemporary migrants” at the Irish Studies and the Dynamics of Memory conference, Radboud University Nijmegen, 1st April, 2015.

Scully, M. (2014) “Identity, Authenticity and the Irish in England”, seminar paper for the Centre for Applied Social Research Seminar Series, Leeds Beckett University, 3rd December, 2014.

Scully, M. (2014) "'Emigrants in the traditional sense'? - Irishness in England, recent migration, and collective memory of the 1950s" at the Contemporary Irish Emigration symposium, St Mary's University, Twickenham, 8th July, 2014.

Scully, M., Bassel, L. & Williams, J. (2014) "Understanding a Multicultural City - the Youth Manifesto for Leicester", at the Superdiversity: theory, method and practice in an era of change conference, University of Birmingham, 24th June, 2014.

Scully, M. (2014) "'I'd rather be a Viking': applied genetic history, identity and memory" - seminar paper at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, London, 4th February, 2014.


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