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Maureen O'Connor, Ph.D. in English, 2001


Photo of Maureen O'ConnorI received my MA and PhD from Claremont Graduate University. I came to graduate work more than a decade after receiving my BA at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. My experience at CGU made profound changes in my life, which is enjoyable and fulfilling in ways unimaginable before I returned to academia. Since receiving my PhD, I have held positions in the English departments of Scripps College in Claremont, and, after moving abroad, at the National University of Ireland in Galway, Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, and University College Cork, where I work now. I have presented conference papers and have been invited to give talks around the world, have contributed to a number of academic journals and essay collections, and have co-edited three volumes: Edna O’Brien: New Critical Perspectives (with Kathryn Laing and Sinéad Mooney); Wild Colonial Girl: Essays on Edna O’Brien (with Lisa Colletta); and Ireland and India: Colonies, Culture, and Empire (with Tadhg Foley). I also published a monograph two years ago, The Female and the Species: The Animal in Irish Women’s Writing.

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