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Burns Visiting Scholars


Margaret Kelleher (Academic Year 2002-2003)

​Margaret Kelleher is Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at University College Dublin and is the first woman to hold that position. A scholar of nineteenth-century literature, with special focuses on women’s writings and the historical relationship between literature in English and Irish, she was the founding director of the Institute for Research in Irish Historical and Cultural Traditions at the National University of Ireland-Maynooth. Kelleher earned a PhD in English from Boston College in 1992 and recently returned to campus to present the inaugural Adele Dalsimer Memorial Lecture, named for a co-founder of the university’s Irish Studies Program.

A Boston College Chronicle article announcing Kelleher’s presentation of the 2015 Adele Dalsimer Memorial Lecture is available online.

Through Boston College’s Front Row service, you can view a video of Kelleher’s April 2003 Burns Visiting Scholar lecture, entitled “Hunger in History: Monuments to the Great Famine.” 



Selected publications:

Ed., with Philip O’Leary. Cambridge History of Irish Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Ed., with Laurence Geary. Nineteenth-Century Ireland: A Guide to Research. Dublin: University College Dublin Press, 2005.

Ed. Making it New: Essays on the Revised Leaving Certificate Course. Dublin: Lilliput Press, 2000.

Ed., with Peter Denman and Michael Hinds. The Irish Reader. Dublin: Otior Press, 2000.

The Feminization of Famine: Expressions of the Inexpressible? Durham, N.C. : Duke University Press, 1997.

With James H. Murphy. Gender Perspectives in Nineteenth-Century Ireland: Public and Private Spheres. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1997.