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Maggie O’Leary

Ph.D. Student in English

Maggie O’Leary

Educational Background

University of North Dakota, BA
Portland State University, MA



Maggie O’Leary is a doctoral student at Cornell University. Her work is in global/postcolonial literatures and theory (most frequently in 20th and 21st century Irish literature and poetry), human rights, affect and theories of embodiment, and disability studies.

Working towards her dissertation, she anticipates a project in how a corporeal theory of hunger exerts pressureon the conceptual limitations of human rights discourses by privileging “damaged” corporealities and centering disability as a material and affective organizing principle for a generative, flourishing politics.

To this effect, her work is often multi-disciplinary, inviting research in eating disorders and pathology particularly into an articulation of this theoretical orientation.


  • English
  • Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program


  • 20th and 21st century Irish literature and poetry
  • global literatures (primarily African literatures)
  • postcolonial literature and theory
  • disability studies
  • critical gender and sexuality studies
  • human rights in historical and literary studies
  • theory of embodiment
  • affect studies
  • pop culture and TV



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