Ciara Meehan holds a BA and PhD from University College Dublin. She was appointed lecturer in history at University of Hertfordshire in 2013. Previously she lectured at the School of History and Archives and the Quinn School of Business, University College Dublin. Her research focuses on the evolution of the Irish state and the development of the party system, with a special interest in the history of Fine Gael. She is also the author of several articles on Irish politics post-independence.