Ciara McKay

Thesis title: Politics, Faith and Feminism: Irene Dunne’s Stardom, 1930-65


Ciara is a second year PhD candidate working under the supervision of Dr. David Sorfa and Professor Jolyon Mitchell. Her research focusses on the stardom of the actress Irene Dunne (1898-1990), with a particular interest in Dunne's independent persona, and political and religious beliefs. 


Bachelor of Music (Hons) - First Class - The University of Edinburgh

MSc Film Studies - Distinction - The University of Edinburgh

Undergraduate teaching

Introduction to European Cinema - Course Tutor

Current research interests

Feminism, Women's Histories, Classical Hollywood Cinema, Republicanism, Catholicism, Auteur Studies

Papers delivered

‘...we’re just looking for a place to hide and watch it all go by.’: War, masculinity and fragility in John Huston’s Key Largo (1948), The Red Badge of Courage (1951), and The Misfits (1961),' Masculinity Crisis in the Americas, Queen’s University, Belfast, 1st-2nd November 2019 

“Perfect Ladies” are Seldom Interesting’: Reclaiming Irene Dunne’s Stardom from the Archives, 1930-35,' Stardom and the Archive: An International Symposium, The University of Exeter, 8th-9th February 2020 

 ‘I wanna do what I wanna do when I wanna do it!’: Irene Dunne, Independence and the Single Girl, 1936-38,'  Transformations in Celebrity Culture: The Fifth International Celebrity Studies Conference, University of Winchester, 18th-20th June 2020 (forthcoming)