Dr Claire Nally's main research focus is located in twentieth-century English and Irish Literature, and she published several articles and two book-length studies in this area. Her monograph, 'Envisioning Ireland: W.B. Yeats Occult Nationalism' was published in 2009 and was listed for the Katherine Briggs Folklore award. She has co-written a book with Professor John Strachan entitled 'Selling Ireland: Advertising, Literature and Irish Print Culture, 1891-1922' (Palgrave, 2012).
She is developing broader interdisciplinary interests in neo-burlesque and subcultures. She has published an article on the subject in 'Textual Practice' (2009) and co-edited a volume with Dr Angela Smith (University of Sunderland), entitled 'Naked Exhibitionism: Gendered Performance and Public Exposure' (I.B. Tauris, 2013).
She is now working on the steampunk subculture, considering figures such as Alan Moore, Bryan Talbot, Kato, and Gail Carriger, in a monograph entitled 'Steampunk: Gender, Subculture and the Neo-Victorian' (I. B. Tauris). She also researches cultural heritage and modern appropriations of historical narratives, such as the Newcastle witch trials, and Cross Bones graveyard.
She is the co-editor, with Angela Smith, of a book series entitled 'Gender and Popular Culture' (I.B. Tauris).