Born and raised in Ireland, Ann Wilson lectures in Visual Culture and Design and Photography History at the Crawford College of Art and Design/Munster Technological University in Cork, Ireland. She is primarily interested in Irish and European visual culture in the 19th and 20th centuries, including art, architecture, design and popular culture. She has published widely both nationally and internationally, and her current work focuses on Edwardian picture postcards in Ireland.
Ann’s career has been varied, as she initially worked for 15 years as a biomedical scientist, before switching course completely and earning a degree in ceramic design. She then worked as a ceramic artist, exhibiting and selling her pieces in galleries throughout Ireland. In 2002 she obtained a master's degree in art and design history, followed in 2011 by her doctorate in visual culture studies, and since then she has concentrated on teaching and research, both of which she loves. Ann has followed her research interests to many countries, particularly Britain, France and Spain, but her home is in the historic seaside town of Cobh in southern Ireland, where she lives with her husband Jim.