Associate Professor of English & Irish Studies
Director, Lowell Humanities Series
Specializes in Irish literature and culture, especially contemporary narrative, and cultural studies. His graduate seminars include "Contemporary Irish Fiction," "Twentieth Century Irish Fiction," and "Ireland: The Colonial Context." His undergraduate electives include "Reading Irish Childhood," "Family and Kinship: Reading the Adopted Child," "Major Irish Writers," and both 19th and 20th century surveys of Irish literature. His book, Ireland's Magdalen Laundries and the Nation's Architecture of Containment, focusing on representations of institutional care in post-independence Ireland, won the Donald Murphy Prize for Distinguished First Book awarded by the American Conference for Irish Studies in 2007. He is currently engaged in a project examining the place of the child in Irish society and how the meaning of childhood in Ireland has changed over time. He continues to be interested in recent scandals in the Irish Catholic Church and the manner in which these affect relations between Church, state and society.
*Irish Human Rights Commission, Assessment of the Human Rights Issues Arising inrelation to the ‘Magdalen Laundries’ (Dublin: IHRC, 2010). Published on November 9, 2010.