finding truth takes study...
(Imagines 2015)


University College Dublin

Irish Research Council

Trinity College Dublin

Freie Universität Berlin (Free University Berlin) - Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst 

Universität der Künste Berlin (Berlin University of the Arts)


Dr. Creasy earned his PhD from the School of English, Trinity College Dublin. He is currently an Irish Research Council Fellow in University College Dublin, where he lectures in English and Creative Writing. He has expertise in Irish and American literature and history.
He is a member of the Irish Association of Professional Historians.

Creasy's research takes an interdisciplinary approach to literature, music, performance, and cultural history. His work has also moved into areas of artistic practice as research, with scholarship rooted in musical and poetic composition, improvisation, performance, and collaboration.


Lecture and performance in the James Joyce Centre, 2019


He is also interested in border studies - particularly the U.S.-Mexico and Irish borders. Creasy has reported on the border for The Irish Times, and is working in collaboration with Emmy-award winning border journalist Angela Kocherga and Irish producer Neil Guerin on a documentary film. The following stills are from a 2018 reporting and filming trip to the U.S.-Mexico border, with Cesar Ruiz and Kocherga.


Creasy’s PhD thesis was titled, ‘Another Chapter of the Unknown’: Poetics and Pedagogy at Black Mountain College, written under the supervision of Dr. Philip Coleman. Creasy's book, The Black Mountain Letters, was published in 2016 by Dalkey Archive Press.

Creasy has expertise in the works of James Joyce and literary modernism broadly. He worked for years in the James Joyce Cultural Centre in Dublin, delivering lectures, seminars and tours focused on Joyce's life and work, particularly Ulysses. Creasy contributed to a BBC Radio 4 programme, Walking with the Dead, hosted by Colm Toibin. He also created the radio documentary, The Big Book: James Joyce's Ulysses for Bloomsday 2014.

As an essayist, Creasy is a regular contributor to Los Angeles Review of Books and Dublin Review of Books. He has given dozens of lectures and conference presentations throughout the United States and Europe, and his scholarship has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals.

In 2015, Creasy was funded by the German government through the prestigious DAAD scholarship to do research in the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin, where he also worked with colleagues in Freie Universität Berlin and Universität der Künste Berlin.

In September 2015, Creasy was a featured speaker at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, giving a lecture titled, College on Wheels: Uncovering Black Mountain in the Bauhaus Archive. Archive research has been particularly important to his creative and scholarly writing. He has worked in the Beinecke Rare Books Library at Yale University, the Houghton Library Special Collections in Harvard, the Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut, the North Carolina State Archives and elsewhere. 

His research has been funded by grants from the Irish Research Council, University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, University of North Carolina, the University of Connecticut and the German government. 

Jonathan Creasy in Egypt, 2012, where he reported on the revolution, Egyptian history and the Muslim Brotherhood administration. This included hours of interviews with young artists involved in the revolution.