Gavan joined Maynooth University in 2005, where he is currently a Senior Lecturer in Media Studies and Head of Department. His research interests are in the politics of race, racism and multiculturalism in European politics, freedom of speech and ideas of ‘hate speech’ in digital media environments, the future of public service media, and social theory in media theory. Gavan’s main publications include The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a Neoliberal Age, written with Alana Lentin (Zed Books 2011), and the co-edited National Conversations: Cultural Diversity and Public Service Media (Intellect Books 2014). Forthcoming publications include Racism and Media, with Sage Publications, and a co-edited book After Charlie Hebdo: Politics, Media, Free Speech (Zed Books 2017). Gavan is a Docent in Media and Communications at the Swedish School of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki. With Alana Lentin, he edits the book series Challenging Migration Studies (Rowman & Littlefield).