Faculty & Staff

Dr. Niamh J. O'Leary

Dr. Niamh J. O'Leary

Assistant Professor , English Department

Assistant Professor , English Graduate Program

ML 4446
214 Hinkle

Phone: (513) 745-3642

Fax: (513) 745-3065


  • B.A. (University of Connecticut)
  • M.A., Ph.D (The Pennsylvania State University)

First Year at Xavier University:



Shakespeare, English Renaissance Drama, Early Modern Literature


Niamh J. O’Leary received her BA from the University of Connecticut and her MA and PhD from Penn State University. At Xavier, she teaches freshman rhetoric, literature and the moral imagination, and Shakespeare and Renaissance literature courses. She enjoys teaching in both the London and Ireland summer study abroad courses. Her current research interests include representations of communities of women in Renaissance drama and Shakespeare in popular culture and on film. She is currently editing a collection of essays about female political alliances in Renaissance England and serves as the book and theatre review editor for Upstart: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies. In Cincinnati, she enjoys serving on the board of the Young Professionals’ Choral Collective, and on the associate board of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.

Recent Publications:

“Ambition and Desire: Gertrude as Tragic Hero in Feng Xiaogang’s The Banquet.” Upstart Crow 31: “Shakespeare’s Female Icons” (2012): 63-80.

“The Field in Review: Textual Studies, Performance Criticism, and Digital Humanities,” The Shakespearean International Yearbook 12 (2012): 195-225.

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