A former Belknap Fellow, Iarla currently holds the position of Global Scholar at Princeton University, New Jersey, USA, where he has taught courses on Orality, Songwriting & Performance, the Irish Language and Literature, and Popular Music Studies for the Music and English Departments and the Fund for Irish Studies at Princeton. 

His research interests include Performance Studies, Poetics, Composition, the Phenomenology of Place, Cultural Studies and Ethnomusicology, and Irish Studies.