Prof. Pól Ó Dochartaigh

Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh is a German scholar whose work in literature and history is interdisciplinary in a German-Jewish-Irish triangle.  He has worked on the legacy of the Holocaust, the German involvement in Celtic Studies and, more recently, on Jews in Irish literature and history.  He has published five monographs, including the first comprehensive study of Jews in GDR literature and a biography of the Austrian Celticist Julius Pokorny, as well as six edited collections and over forty articles and chapters.

He holds a BA (Hons) in German from University of Cardiff, A BA (Hons) in Irish Language and Literature and a Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching from Ulster University, and a PhD in German cultural history from Nottingham University.  He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a former President of the Association for German Studies in Great Britain and Ireland and a former Chair of the Royal Irish Academy's Committee for Modern Languages.

Externally, he is Director of the Central Applications Office (CAO), the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC) and the Galway University Foundation.  He currently chairs the CAO Audit Committee.  He is also a member of the Senate of the National University of Ireland.

He is married to Geraldine and they have twin daughters.

As Registrar and Deputy-President, Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh reports to the President and deputises for him in his absence.  He has overall responsibility for all academic operations of the University.  He is a member of the University Management Team and of the University's Governing Authority, Údarás na hOllscoile, and he chairs a range of university committees.