Emer Nolan was educated at University College Dublin and the University of Cambridge. Her main teaching and research interests lie in the fields of Irish writing (especially fiction), modernism, and literary/cultural theory. In addition to a wide range of essays and reviews, her publications include James Joyce and Nationalism (Routledge, 1995). She is also the author of Catholic Emancipations: Irish Fiction from Thomas Moore to James Joyce (Syracuse University Press, 2007), as well as the editor in 2008 of a Field Day edition of Thomas Moore's satirical history of Ireland from 1824, Memoirs of Captain Rock. Five Irish Women: The Second Republic, 1960-2016 was published in 2019 by Manchester University Press.