Dr. Tracy Fahey is Head of Department in Fine Art and Head of Centre of Postgraduate Studies in Limerick School of Art and Design, LIT. She has previously worked as Head of Department of Humanities, IT Carlow and Head of Faculty of Design, Griffith College Dublin. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Limerick Printmakers, and is a member of the advisory boards of the Centre for Research in Popular Culture, AUT, Auckland and the Centre for Studies in Otherness, Denmark. She is a former Past President of the Institute of Designers in Ireland and a former Board member of the Hunt Museum Limerick, Design Ireland, and the Institute of Design and Disability. In 2013 she established the LSAD research centre ACADEMY where she acts as Director.
Her research passion is the Gothic, and her favourite designers are Alexander McQueen and Gareth Pugh. She is currently working on a book on contemporary Irish Folk Gothic for University of Wales Press. She has published extensively on Gothic art in collections by Palgrave, Routledge, Peter Lang, Manchester University Press, McParland and Rowman and Littlefield. She has also published in the areas of medical Gothic, transgressive art, contemporary Gothic art, design education, pedagogy, contemporary design practice and the history of sustainable design.
In 2010 she founded the collaborative fine art practice, Gothicise, who work on site-specific projects related to ideas of site, traces and narrative. She also writes short fiction that focuses on folklore and the uncanny and published in thirteen UK and US anthologies. Her collection, The Unheimlich Manoeuvre was published in 2016.