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Maggie O’Leary

Maggie O’Leary

Educational Background

University of North Dakota, BA
Portland State University, MA



Maggie O'Leary’s research generally examines the intersections of human rights, body politics, and postcoloniality, with a particular emphasis on how literary renderings of hunger, appetite, and self-starvation interact within postcolonial spaces. Her reading and interpretive interests lie in 20th and 21st century Irish literature and poetry, and in contemporary African 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 understandings of the body and dis/ability.


  • English


  • 20th and 21st century Irish literature
  • Colonial/Postcolonial litrature
  • Human Rights
  • Disability Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality studies
  • Body Politics




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