Angela Bourke was the Naughton Fellow for 2004-2005. A Senior Lecturer in Modern Irish at University College Dublin and Member of the Royal Irish Academy, Bourke has published widely on oral culture and literature, including two books Caoineadh na dTrí Muire (1983), a study of the Crucifixion in oral religious poetry, and The Burning of Bridget Cleary: A True Story (1999; American Edition, 2000), a critically acclaimed cultural history of how a young Tipperary woman came to be burned to death by her relatives in 1895. In 2001, this book won The Irish Times Literature Prize for Non-Fiction. Her new book Maeve Brennan: Homesick at The New Yorker was published in London by Jonathan Cape in June 2004; the American edition will be published by Counterpoint, New York in October. Bourke was one of the editors of The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, vols iv and v: Irish Women's Writing and Traditions (2002) and is also the author of a well-received collection of short-stories, By Salt Water (1996).
A highly regarded teacher, she has previously been a Visiting Professor at Harvard University and the University of Minnesota, and has taught graduate students at Boston College. While at Notre Dame, Bourke taught an undergraduate course on "Women in Irish Oral Tradition" and a graduate course on "Memory, Meaning and Migration in Irish Oral Tradition."