Dr. Sorcha O’Brien is a design historian with interests in design, technology and identity, ranging from electrical technology and national identity to digital technology and culture. With a background in design practice, she has extensive experience in the Irish third level education system. Since 2012, she has been a Senior Lecturer in Design History & Theory in Kingston University London, where she has taught students of interior, furniture and product design, and art and design history. She has recently received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council for a multi-year Leadership Fellowship researching the role played by domestic electrical products in Irish women’s lives and homes in the wake of rural electrification, in partnership with the National Museum of Ireland, Country Life.
She is the co-editor of Love Objects: Emotion, Design and Material Culture (2014), and sub-editor for entries on designers in the Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design (2015). She is the author of a chapter in Ireland, Design and Visual Culture: Negotiating Modernity 1922-1992 (2011), and a forthcoming monograph on the visual representation of the Shannon Scheme.