Engaged and passionate literary and cultural criticism is key to the research culture at Maynooth University Department of English, which encompasses a wide range of research specialisms:

  • American Literature 
  • Creative Writing  
  • Eighteenth-Century Literature 
  • Film studies  
  • Gender studies 
  • Irish Literature  
  • Literary Theory  
  • Modernism  
  • Migrant Writing 
  • Postcolonial, Global Literatures, and Critical Race Studies  
  • Renaissance and early modern studies, especially the Irish / Gaelic context 
  • Shakespeare studies 
  • Visual Culture   

Our academic staff are internationally-renowned scholars who are widely published and influential in shaping the field of English studies.
The Department hosts a regular Research Seminar series featuring invited speakers as well as our own staff and PhD and Postdoctoral researchers. We also contribute to the broader research culture of the University through leadership of the MACMORRIS project;  involvement in such research networks such as the Motherhood project and Sex Gen; and Illuminations, a curated exhibition space that profiles the contemporary arts.

PhD students in the Department are listed below.