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Prof Kevin Rafter

School of Communications

Name: Prof Kevin Rafter
Department: School of Communications
Role: Head of School
Phone Number: 01 700 5082
Email Address: kevin.rafter@dcu.ie
Room: GLA. C142A
Campus: DCU Glasnevin Campus

Biographical Details

Kevin Rafter is Professor of Political Communication and Head of the School of Communications. He is Chairperson of the Compliance Committee of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and an experienced non-executive director.

His research interests are in the areas of media and politics in Ireland. Recent co-edited books include Political Advertising in the 2014 European Parliament Elections  (London, 2017), The State in Transition  (Dublin, 2015) and The Irish Presidency: Power, Ceremony and Politics  (Dublin, 2014).

Since joining DCU in 2010 Kevin has served as Associate Dean for Research (2012-16) and as Chairperson of the MA Political Communication programme (2010-16). From 2008 to 2010 he was Head of the Department of Film and Media at IADT, Dun Laoghaire. 
Prior to 2008, he worked as a senior political journalist
 and held senior editorial positions with the Irish Times (political reporter), the Sunday Times (political correspondent), Sunday Tribune (political editor/assistant editor), Magill magazine (editor) and RTÉ, the Irish national broadcaster. He primarily presented the This Week radio programme for RTÉ as well as presenting Morning Ireland and the News at One, and working as a correspondent for Prime Time. As well as Irish national politics Kevin reported on the peace process in Northern Ireland, elections in the United Kingdom and Germany as well as foreign news events in Malawi, Tanzania, the Beslan School massacre and the death of Pope John Paul II.

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