Sarah McKibben


Associate Professor, Department of Irish Language and Literature

Fellow, of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies Fellow, Nanovic Institute for European Studies

Concurrent Faculty, Gender Studies


Sarah McKibben joined the Notre Dame faculty in 2002. She holds an B.A. from University of California, Berkeley, an M.Phil. in Irish Studies from the National University of Ireland, Dublin and a doctorate from Cornell University. Her dissertation received the 2004 Adele Dalsimer Dissertation Prize from the American Conference for Irish Studies. She is the author of Endangered Masculinities in Irish Poetry, 1540-1780 (UCD Press, 2010), which received Honorable Mention for the 2010 Rhodes Prize from the American Conference for Irish Studies. She has published in The Irish Review (2000), New Voices in Irish Criticism (2000), Research in African Literatures (2003), Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium (2007, 2011), Éire-Ireland (2003, 2008), Irish Studies: Geographies and Genders (2008), Blackwell's Companion to Irish Literature (2010), The Midnight Court: A Critical Edition (2011), Irish University Review (2013), The Language of Gender, Power and Agency in Celtic Studies (2014), Eolas: The Journal of the American Society of Irish Medieval Studies (2015), and Modernist Afterlives in Irish Literature and Culture (2016).

Her research interests include early modern and 18th-century Irish poetry, colonial and postcolonial studies, gender and queer studies, humor, contemporary Irish poetry and the politics of minority languages. She is happy to work with undergraduate and graduate students on these or related topics, and enjoys helping students discern their path. She also occasionally contributes to Edible Michiana.


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Office Hours:  Will be on academic leave for 2018-2019.

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