Professor Rebecca Braun is Executive Dean of the College of Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies as well as Established Professor of German at the University of Galway, Ireland

Rebecca joined the University of Galway in 2021. Amongst other things, she leads on fostering connected approaches to culture and creativity as key strengths within both the University and the wider region. Currently, this includes the establishment of a major new research Institute for Creativity. Formerly a founding Associate Director and Co-Director of the Institute for Social Futures from 2017-2020 at Lancaster University, UK, she led that Institute's development of a distinctive Creative Futures methodology with partners across government and academe in the UK, Europe, South Africa, and North America. Her futures work builds on a deep understanding of the power of people and stories, which she has traced in numerous books on authorship, world literature, transnationalism, and cultural value. Recent titles include World Authorship, co-edited with Tobias Boes and Emily Spiers (Oxford: OUP, 2020) and Transnational German Studies, co-edited with Benedict Schofield (Liverpool: LUP, 2020), as well as her latest monograph, Authors and the World: Literary Authorship in Modern Germany (New York: Bloomsbury, 2022). She is also one of the principal editors of the leading UK journal in German Studies, German Life & Letters (Wiley).