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 Mother/Country: Politics of the Personal in the Fiction of Colm Tóibín and the editor of critical editions of J. Sheridan Le Fanu's novella Carmilla with Syracuse University Press and Norah Hoult's Poor Women! with Anthem Press. Her most recent monograph, Trauma and Recovery in the Twenty-first-Century Irish Novel, was published by Syracuse UP in March 2018. Kate is the current 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 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 book.
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