Sarah McKibben, Associate Professor of Irish Language and Literature
Sarah McKibben joined the Notre Dame faculty in 2002. She received her M.Phil. in Irish Studies at the National University of Ireland, Dublin and her doctorate from Cornell University (2003).
Professor McKibben’s research focuses on Irish poets of the 16th and 17th centuries, who composed compelling artistic expressions of praise and warning — as well as satire — in the face of an antagonistic, expanding Tudor-Stuart state. For this work, she won a fellowship for 2019 from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as one in 2018 from the American Council of Learned Societies.
Previous honors include the Adele Dalsimer Dissertation Prize from the American Conference for Irish Studies in 2004.
Professor McKibben 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, edited by P.J. Mathews (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), CSANA 2010 Proceedings, and The Midnight Court: A Critical Edition (2011).
Professor McKibben’s research interests include early modern and 18th-century Irish poetry, colonial and postcolonial studies, gender studies, contemporary Irish poetry and the politics of minority languages. She is happy to work with undergraduate and graduate students on these or related topics.
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