I am Assistant Professor in the School of Communications at DCU (Dublin City University). I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from The American University of Greece, a Bachelor’s degree in English from The University of London, a Master’s degree in Language Teaching from Leeds Beckett University, a Master’s degree in Sexuality Studies from DCU, a Master’s degree in Modern English Literature from Mary Immaculate College, a Master’s degree in Sociology from UCD, and a PhD from DCU.


I have authored peer-reviewed journal articles on topics related to Masculinity and Sexuality Studies for journals such as the Journal of Homosexuality, the Journal of Bisexuality, the Journal of Popular Television, the Journal of Popular Film and Television, and Sexuality and Culture. I have edited a special issue on the representation of HIV/AIDS in the TV series It’s a Sin (2021, Channel 4) for the Journal of Popular Television. My first book, Contemporary Irish Masculinities: Male Homosociality in Sally Rooney’s Novels, is published by Routledge in December 2023, and my second book, Sexualised Governmentalities: Critical Perspectives on Homosexism will be published by Springer in 2024.  I am co-editor of a book on HIV/AIDS and Cultural Memory which will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in early 2024 (with Dr Alicia Castillo Villanueva), and I am the editor of the Routledge Companion to Sally Rooney which will be published by Routledge in 2025.

My research is broadly defined within sexuality and masculinity studies. In particular, I research male homosociality in society and culture, the role of sexuality in the socialisation of men, the ways in which cultural discourses contribute to societal responses to sexualities, and sexuality-related issues in education. I also conduct research that focuses on representation of masculinities in mainstream media, and the significance of such representations for the sociocultural context within which they occur. Additionally, I write about representations of sex, with an interest in non-normative sex and the way this is framed and presented in cultural productions. Another area of interest to me has been the representation of gender and sexuality in published materials used in education with attention to English language teaching contexts.


PhD (Dublin City University)

MA Sociology (University College Dublin)

MA Modern English Literature (Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick)

MA Sexuality Studies (Dublin City University)

MA English Language Teaching (Leeds Beckett University)

BA English (University of London)

BA Sociology (Deree College, The American University of Greece)

Other Publications

Bollas, A. (2021) ‘Masculinities on the Side: An Exploration of the Function of Homosexism in Maintaining Hegemonic Masculinities and Sexualities’. Sexuality & Culturehttps://doi.org/10.1007/s12119-021-09848-3.

Bollas, A. (2021) ‘A Critical discussion of inclusive approaches to sexualities in ELT’. ELTJ. 75(2). https://doi.org/10.1093/elt/ccaa075.

Bollas, A. (2020) ‘Literature as Activism – From Entertainment to Challenging Social Norms: Michael Nava’s Goldenboy (1988)’, International Journal of Applied Linguistics & English Literature. 9(1). pp. 50-55. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7575/aiac.ijalel.v.9n.1p.50

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