Marcus Free is a lecturer in Media and Communication Studies at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, and has formerly taught at the universities of Sunderland and Wolverhampton. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on gender and national identity in media, sport and popular culture, and is co-author (with John Hughson and David Inglis) of The Uses of Sport: a Critical Study (Routledge, 2005).