Sean Kennedy

Assoc Dean of Arts
Faculty of Arts

Faculty Member Information


Sean Kennedy is Professor of English with a specialisation in modern Irish literature and culture. He has published widely on the work of Samuel Beckett in Irish contexts, is the founder of the binennial Queering Ireland conference organisation (2009-present), and is interested in psychoanalysis, queer studies and feminisms. His latest project, ‘Ireland and the Erotics of Austerity’, is a psychoanalytic study of the discourses of austerity in an Irish context.


Ph.D., English, National University of Ireland, 2003
M.A., Culture & Colonialism, National University of Ireland, 1997
B.A., English/Psychology Double Major, Trinity College, 1995

Academic Work Experience

2014 - Present, Faculty Union Executive (Vice President), Saint Mary’s University
2013 - Present, Co­director of the Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Culture (CISC), Co­director of the Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Culture (CISC)
2013 - Present, Associate Dean of Arts (Research and Outreach), Saint Mary’s University
2012 - Present, Adjunct Professor, Dalhousie University
2009 - Present, Coordinator of Irish Studies, Saint Mary’s University
2009 - Present, Associate Professor of English, Saint Mary’s University
2007 - 2014, Faculty Union Executive (Member ­at­ Large), Saint Mary’s University
2005 - 2009, Assistant Professor of English, Saint Mary’s University
2001 - 2005, Teaching Assistant, National University of Ireland


2010 - Present, American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS)
2009 - Present, Modernist Studies Association (MSA)
2005 - Present, The Samuel Beckett Society
2005 - Present, International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL)
2001 - Present, Modern Language Association (MLA)


Long Room Hub, Two Month Visiting Research Fellowship Trinity College Dublin - 2011

Service: Professional or Disciplinary

Annual Conference of the Samuel Beckett Society, Arizona State University 2015/01 - 2015/01
Queering Ireland 2015: Politically Queer?, University College, Dublin 2014/04 - 2014/04
Asylums: reading landscapes of refuge and isolation in Cape Breton, 2014/02 - 2014/02
Re-­examining language shift in Ireland in the nineteenth century Host, D’Arcy McGee Lecture in Irish Studies by Nicholas Wolf (NYU) 2014/02 - 2014/02
Ireland in Psychoanalysis Chair, Ireland in Psychoanalysis conference 2013/04 - 2013/04
Queering Ireland 2013: Queer Irish Diasporas, The State University of New York 2012/04 - 2012/04
Ireland, Slavery and Transatlantic Culture, D’Arcy McGee Lecture in Irish Studies 2012/01 - 2012/03
Queering Ireland 2011: Coming Out in Contemporary Ireland, University College, Cork 2010/03 - 2010/03
Batt Burns: arranged regional tour of Nova Scotia for Irish seanchaí, 2009/01 - 2009/03