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Maggie O’Leary

Educational Background

University of North Dakota, BA

Portland State University, MA



Maggie O'Leary was raised in southeastern Montana and completed her education in North Dakota and Oregon. Her research generally examines the intersections of human rights, gender, and postcoloniality within discourses of food and ecological studies, with a particular emphasis on how rights and forms of hunger inform embodiment and political viability. Her reading and interpretive interests lie in 20th and 21st century Irish literature, and in contemporary African and science fiction. Her classes incorporate aspects of human rights, food, waste, and consumption as sites of critical inquiry, and as a means to trouble aspects of our ecological relationality and of our relationships with animals.


  • English


  • 20th and 21st century Irish literature
  • Colonial/Postcolonial litrature
  • Human Rights
  • Food Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality studies
  • Animal/ecology studies