Dr Leah O'Hearn


Dr. Leah O’Hearn is Assistant Professor/Lecturer in Ancient Classics in the Department of Ancient Classics at Maynooth. She formerly taught at La Trobe University and the University of Tasmania, Australia. 

Leah completed her PhD at La Trobe University (Aus.) in 2020, after an MA at Durham University (UK) and BA (Hons) at the University of New England (Aus.). 

Research Interests

Dr. O’Hearn primarily works on literature of the late Roman Republic and early Empire, with a particular focus on Catullus and the Augustan love elegists. She is working on her first monograph, The Lover in Conflict: Catullus, Masculinity, and Self-Control, which uses the philosophical concept of akrasia (weakness of will) to explore how Catullus represents himself failing to restrain his erotic desire. She is also interested in the Environmental Humanities, especially ecocritical approaches to ancient literature.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2023 Leah O'Hearn (2023) 'Nocet esse feracem: An Ecofeminist Analysis of the Pseudo-Ovidian Nux'. Eugesta, . [Link]
2021 (2021) 'Conquering Ida: An Ecofeminist Reading of Catullus’ Poem 63'. Antichthon, . [Link] [DOI]
2020 (2020) 'Juventius and the Summer of Youth in Catullus 48'. Mnemosyne, . [Link] [DOI]
2020 O'Hearn, L. (2020) 'Being beatvs in catullus' poems 9, 10, 22 and 23'. Classical Quarterly, . [Link] [DOI]

Other Publication

Year Publication
2021 (2021) ON THE STRUCTURE OF CATULLUS’ POETRY BOOK - (J.K.) Schafer Catullus through His Books. Dramas of Composition. Pp. viii + 260. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020. Cased, £75, US$99.99. ISBN: 978-1-108-47224-1. [Link] [DOI] [Full-Text]

Other Journal

Year Publication
2021 Marguerite Johnson; Leah O'Hearn (2021) 'Introduction to special issue of Antichthon on Catullus' Antichthon, 55 :1-5. [DOI]
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Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
11/02/2022 Early Career Award Australasian Society for Classical Studies
01/02/2016 Australian Postgraduate Award La Trobe University


Employer Position From / To
National University of Ireland, Maynooth Lecturer 02/10/2023 -
La Trobe University Casual 27/07/2016 - 25/09/2023
La Trobe University Adjunct Research Fellow 22/09/2020 -


Start date Institution Qualification Subject
28/02/2016 La Trobe University Doctor of Philosophy
06/10/2008 Durham University MA
18/02/2002 University of New England BA with Honours

Editorial / Academic Reviews

Amount Role From / To
Helios Referee -

Teaching Interests

Latin and Ancient Greek language and literature, Roman culture and social history