Professor Margaret Kelleher

Margaret Kelleher is Professor and Chair of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at University College Dublin.

Her books include The Feminization of Famine (published by Duke UP and Cork UP, 1997), The Cambridge History of Irish Literature (2006), co-edited with Philip O’Leary, and Ireland and Quebec: Interdisciplinary Essays on History, Culture and Society (Four Courts Press, 2016), co-edited with Michael Kenneally.

Her monograph entitled The Maamtrasna Murders: Language, Life and Death in Nineteenth-Century Ireland was published by UCD Press in 2018 and was awarded the Michael J. Durkan Prize for Books in Language and Culture by the American Conference for Irish Studies in Spring 2019. She was guest editor, with Nicholas Wolf, of Éire-Ireland’s special issue on “Ireland and the Contemporary” (Spring/Summer 2017).

Professor Kelleher has developed a number of digital humanities projects, including the Electronic Version of the Loeber Guide to Irish Fiction ( and the Digital Platform for Contemporary Irish Writing ( She is Chair of the Board of the Irish Film Institute (since 2014) and UCD academic lead on the Museum of Irish Literature (MoLI), a collaboration between UCD and the National Library of Ireland to open a new literary museum at Newman House in Autumn 2019.