Dr. Julian Breandán Dean, Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Julian Breandán Dean is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies. He recently completed his PhD in the English department at Notre Dame. His dissertation examined how, in various postcolonial settings, authors like W. B. Yeats, Wole Soyinka, and Athol Fugard used tragedy to conceive alternatives to the nation state.

Dr. Dean has taught several courses at Notre Dame. “Haunted Ireland” and “European Theatre” are two.

He is currently working on his book project, which analyzes tragedy as adapted in various postcolonial settings. 

At the Institute since January 2022, projects Dr. Dean has administered include the Seamus Deane Legacy Conference, Global Ulysses, and the IRISH graduate seminar. He is the Institute’s liaison for graduate students. This spring, he formed and led a group of English doctoral students as they prepared to participate in the “Beckett Confined” festival, a collaboration of the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Irish Studies, the Institute, Culture Ireland, and Unreal Cities.