Sarah L. Townsend received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011 and since then has served as Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Dakota, where she teaches courses in modern and contemporary British, Irish, and Anglophone fiction and drama. She has published essays on J.M. Synge, Patrick McCabe, Enda Walsh, and others. During the tenure of her fellowship she will be completing her first monograph, which examines Irish literature’s radical transformation of discourses of Bildung in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. She also looks forward to contributing to the Irish Studies community at Notre Dame and to commencing new work on the development of British and Irish security in the postwar period.