Irish Studies Faculty and Staff
Director/Associate Professor of English
Keri Walsh received her PhD in English from Princeton University. She additionally hold an MPhil from the University of Oxford, an MA from Queen’s University, and a BA from the University of Saskatchewan. Keri Walsh is the editor of The Letters of Sylvia Beach (Columbia UP, 2010), detailing the first publisher of James Joyce’s Ulysses and the owner of the Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris. Her edition of Joyce’s Dubliners has also been published by Broadview Press (2016), and she is currently working on an edition of Joyce’s play Exiles. Her articles have appeared in PMLA, Critical Inquiry, and Eire-Ireland. Her monograph-in-progress, Acting Like a Hustler: Method Acting, Gender, and the Hollywood Film, re-visits the history of Stanislavsky-based acting in American film.
Graduate Coordinator/PhD Candidate in English
Cathal Pratt is a PhD candidate in English specializing in Irish and Latin American literature. He holds an MA in Irish and Irish-American Studies from New York University and a BA in English from the University of Utah. His current research focuses on modern and postmodern transatlantic literature and theater, particularly Irish and Argentine interactions. His articles have appeared in ABEI and AJIS, and has written for Breac and Walking the Worlds. Outside of academia, he is a folk musician.
John P. Harrington
Former Director/Dean of Arts and Sciences Faculty/Professor of English
Harrington was educated at Columbia University, University College, Dublin, and he earned his PhD in Literature from Rutgers University. He has written extensively on Irish literature and culture, including The Irish Beckett (1991), The Irish Play on the New York Stage (1997), and The Life of the Neighborhood Playhouse on Grand Street (2007). He edited W. W. Norton's anthology Modern and Contemporary Irish Drama (1991; new edition 2008) and Irish Theater in America (2009). Harrington is part President of the American Conference for Irish Studies, founding member of the International Committee of the Irish Theatrical Diaspora project, and North American Editor of Irish Studies Review.
Former Director/Associate Professor of History
Dr. Christopher Maginn was appointed Director of the Institute after being a member of the Executive Committee since 2004. Christopher Maginn holds a PhD in history and a Diploma in Irish from the National University of Ireland, Galway where he trained as a Tudor specialist under the supervision of Professor Steven Ellis. He was appointed Director of the Institute of Irish studies in 2009. Dr. Maginn has published widely on the history of early modern Ireland and Britain over the last decade. His first book ‘Civilizing’ Gaelic Leinster: The Extension of Tudor Rule in the O’Byrne and O’Toole Lordships (2005) was awarded the Irish Historical Research prize in 2005 for the most influential historical work written on Irish history in the previous two years.
Associate Director/Instructor/PhD Student
Elizabeth was a high school teacher of history and English for seven years before moving to Fordham University to pursue her doctorate. She has researched the famine in Co. Kerry, Ireland and has written a number of papers on that topic. Her research interests are Irish immigrants in America, the Famine and its immigrants, women's roles in society and politics, integration with other ethnic groups in America and Irish involvement in politics and labor movements.
Irish Language Instructor
A graduate of the National University of Ireland, Galway, Helen Maginn has been teaching Irish language for over 10 years, both in Ireland and the United States. She is currently a United States correspondent for Raidió na Gaeltachta news programs (Nuacht a hAon and Adhmhaidin) and has contributed to TG4 News, 7 Lá (TG4), BBC Radio Ulster, Lá Nua Newspaper, on US-Ireland relations and US current affairs. She has extensive experience in the promotion and marketing of the Irish language in Ireland through her work with organizations such as NUI Galway and Gaillimh le Gaeilge, Galway, Ireland.
Professor of History
At the undergraduate level, Dr. Curtin teaches courses in modern British and Irish history in addition to the undergraduate core course -- the West from the Enlightenment to the Present.