Current Graduate Students

Below you will find the research biographies for all currently enrolled graduate students associated with the Irish Studies Program.


BA English, Anthropology, & Arts Administration—Texas Christian University, 2015; MSc Literature & Society—University of Edinburgh, 2017.


Research Interests:

  • Postcolonial theory & literature
  • 19th century British literature representations of the British Empire & imperial spaces
  • National & cultural identity, intersections of space & memory


Selected Publications & Presentations:

  • “Vague Americans: Internal and External National Identity in James’ The Portrait of a Lady.” Paper to be presented at ALSCW, Nashville, TN, November 2018.
  • ​“Behind the Backs of Borders: Imtiaz Dharker’s Shifting Poetic Life in the Microspaces of the Inter.”Antae Journal 5(1), February 2018, pp. 6-16.
  • ​“Physical and Emotional Displacement in Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies.” Paper presented at Texas Christian University Honors Contemporary Reading Symposium, Fort Worth, Texas, September 2017.


M.A. Irish Literature and Culture, Boston College, 2017; B.A. English, University of Florida, 2010


Research Interests:

  • Renaissance Drama and Poetry

  • Shakespeare

  • Early Modern Ireland

  • Histories of Race & Colonialism 



“Ashamed and Tamed: Civilizing the Irish in Marvell’s ‘Horatian Ode.’” Paper presented at The South-Central Renaissance Conference. Austin, Texas, April 2017.

“Planted newly with the time: Husbandry and Sovereignty in Macbeth.” Paper presented at The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies Graduate Conference. Amherst, MA, October 2016.

“Shakespeare’s uncivil kerns: Irish Contagion and the Emerging British Nation-State.” Paper presented at The 6th Annual Tudor and Stuart Ireland Interdisciplinary Conference. National University of Ireland, Galway, August 2016.



B.A. in University Scholars, Baylor University, 2016


Research Interests:

Contemporary Irish Poetry and Drama; Modern British and Anglophone Literature; Ethics of Memory; Linguistic and Ordinary Language Philosophy; Trauma Theory; Postcolonial Studies; Ontology of Grief; New Formalism


Conference Presentations:

Troubling Echoes: The Political Implications of Heaney’s The Tollund Man in Springtime.” American Conference for Irish Studies. Cork, Ireland, June 2018.

“‘Coming to Terms’: The Role of Translation in Postcolonial Literature.” Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers. Dallas, TX, October 2017.

“The Preoccupation of Poetry: Seamus Heaney’s Early Prose.” American Conference for Irish Studies, National Conference. Kansas City, MO, March-April 2017.

“Risk and Reconciliation in Seamus Heaney’s Punishment.” American Conference for Irish Studies, Southern Regional Conference. Lexington, KY, March 2017.




BA, English, University of Alabama

MPhil, Irish Writing, Trinity College, Dublin


Research Interests:

20th/21st century global anglophone poetry, Irish poetry, modernism, mythology, ecocriticism, translation







M.A., Boston College

Research Interests:

English & Irish novels; Sexuality Studies



M.A in Irish and Irish-American Studies, New York University, 2013

B.A, Joint Honors English Studies and Classical Studies (first-class honors), NUI Maynooth, 2011


Teaching Experience:

Instructor of Record, Emory University

ENG210W: "Mapping Ireland in the Work of Bowen, Joyce, and Heaney," Spring 2019

ENG181:Writing About Literature - "British and Irish Female Writers in the Contemporary Moment," Spring 2017

ENG101: Expository Writing - “The Rhetoric of Free Speech,” Fall, 2016


Teaching Assistantships

ENG256: "British Literature After 1660," Dr. Paul Kelleher, Spring 2016

ENG255: "British Literature Before 1660," Dr. James Morey, Fall 2015



Newspaper Article:

"'As My Accent Fades Abroad...': Performing my Irishness in America." The Irish Times (25th, June 2016). URL:



"A Reality Stranger than Fiction?" The Irish Literary Supplement (32.2, Spring 2013)



“Negotiating Class, Community, and Housing in Dermot Bolger’s Ballymun Trilogy
American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS), March 20th, 2019

“Impoverished Motherhood: Embodying the Instability of ‘Home’ in the Literature of Anne Enright and Paul Smith”
International Association for the Study of Irish Literature (IASIL), July 23, 2018

“Lost and Found in the Archive: Rediscovering Maeve Brennan’s novella The Visitor
Graduate Student Colloquy, Emory English Dept., April 21, 2017

“Trauma and the Language of Catholicism in Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing
Southern American Conference for Irish Studies (Southern ACIS), April 15, 2016

“Can English Bear the Weight of Irish Experience in the Poetry of Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill?”
British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference, February 14, 2015