Margaret Kelleher, professor, director of An Foras Feasa: the Institute for Research in Irish Historical and Cultural Traditions, NUI Maynooth.
Kelleher is the author of The Feminization of Famine (Duke UP and Cork UP, 1997) and co-editor (with Philip O’Leary) of The Cambridge History of Irish Literature (2006). She was a contributing editor to the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, Volume IV: Irish Women’s Traditions (2002). She has published widely in the areas of nineteenth-century Irish writing, Irish literary history, and women’s writings. Kelleher was Burns Visiting Professor at Boston College in 2002–03, and in 2006, she held the position of visiting O’Brien Scholar at Concordia Unviersity. She is the national representative for Ireland on the European Science Foundation’s Standing Committee for the Humanities, and is chairperson of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL). Her current research project is a study of bilingual culture in nineteenth-century Ireland.