Professor Costello-Sullivan is a Professor of Modern Irish literature and the former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Le Moyne (2014-2019). She teaches courses in 19th-21st-century English and Irish literature, poetry, and post-colonial literature. She began at Le Moyne in 2004, after earning a B.A. in English and Spanish at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English/Irish Studies from Boston College (2004). She is the author of the monographs Mother/Country: Politics of the Personal in the Fiction of Colm Tóibín (Reimaging Ireland series, Peter Lang 2012) and, most recently, of Trauma and Recovery in the Twenty-first-Century Irish Novel, (Syracuse UP, March 2018). Kate has also edited two critical editions, J. Sheridan Le Fanu's novella Carmilla (2013, Syracuse UP) and Norah Hoult's Poor Women! (2016, Anthem Press). Kate is the most recent former President of the American Conference for Irish Studies—the largest academic Irish organization in the world—and has served since summer 2018 as the (first female) Series Editor of the Syracuse University Press’s prestigious Irish line, the oldest line of its kind in North America. She is currently researching representations of the nurturing parental body in Irish literature for her next monograph, and has two proposed book-length co-edited collections under review.
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