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Fintan researches within the fields of modern and contemporary drama, theatre 
and performance studies. To date his work has focused on subjectivity, identity, and cultural politics; affective experience and public intimacy; socially engaged performance, in particular queer art practices. A concern for the survival tactics of bodies, subjects and communities under inordinate pressure or distress unites this research, leading to monograph studies that examine sacrificial aesthetics and practices (Male Trouble: Masculinity and the Performance of Crisis); the relationship among psychoanalysis, therapeutic cultures and performance (Theatre & Therapy); and the theatrical and social work of dissent and disorientation (Queer Performance and Contemporary Ireland: Dissent and Disorientation). Fintan's writing has addressed diverse forms including drama, theatre, live art, protest, pageants, film, music and pop culture, drawing on historical and archival
 research, theoretical inquiry, text and performance analysis.

Prior to joining Birkbeck, Fintan worked at Queen Mary, University of London, and at Trinity College Dublin, where he was Irish Research Council Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (2009-2011), and Coordinator of the MPhil Theatre and Performance (2010-2011). In August 2014, he was Visiting Fellow at the Humanities Institute, University College Dublin. Fintan's research has been funded by fellowships from the Irish Research Council and Trinity College Dublin, and funding bodies including Wellcome Trust/ISSF.

Fintan has worked as a script reader in the Literary Department of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, and collaborated in script development, dramaturgy, and criticism projects with a number of theatre companies and organisations including Dublin Fringe Festival and Dublin Theatre Festival.