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Joseph Lennon, PhD - Villanova University. Villanova , PA, US

Joseph Lennon, PhD

Director, Center for Irish Studies & Associate Dean, International and Interdisciplinary Initiatives | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Villanova University


Joseph Lennon, PhD is an expert in Irish hunger strikes, India and Ireland relationships and contemporary Irish issues.




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Areas of Expertise (4)

Irish Culture

Irish Studies

English Literature

Hunger Strikes


Dr. Lennon is a leading expert on hunger strikes, the relationships between Ireland and India, multicultural issues and contemporary Ireland. He is a professor English and also heads up Villanova's Center for Irish Studies.

Education (4)

University of Connecticut: PhD

Boston College: MA

Northern Illinois University: MA

Knox College: BA

Select Media Appearances (2)

Valley eateries aiming for the luck of the Irish on St. Patrick's Day

The Daily Item  


Valley restaurant and pub owners say they don't need much Irish luck when it comes to bringing the crowds out on St. Patrick's Day — especially when it falls on a Friday. ... Villanova University Center for Irish Studies Director Dr. Joseph Lennon said, “Pub culture was a big part of the community because they were not in the centers of powers. Pubs acted as community centers.”

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Cúirt; Fish Short Story winners; Gavin Corbett at TCD; Cork World Book Fest

Irish Times  


Some great pairings at this year’s Cúirt International Festival of Literature include Jennifer Johnston and Belinda McKeon, Louise O’Neill with the American writer Rachel B Glaser, and Kevin Barry with Canadian author Patrick de Witt … Lennon is the director of Irish studies and associate professor of English at Villanova University.

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Select Academic Articles (5)

‘Dreams that hunger makes’: Memories of Hunger in Yeats, Mangan, Speranza, and Irish Folklore

Irish University Review

Joseph Lennon

Forthcoming - 2017

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Antiquity and Futurity' in the Writings of James Clarence Mangan (Chapter)

Essays on James Clarence Mangan


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The Starvation of a Man: Terence MacSwiney's Hunger Strike and Famine Memory

Memory Ireland: Explorations in Irish Cultural Memory


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The First Man to Whistle': Two Interviews with Colum McCann

This Side of Brightness: Essays on the Fiction of Colum McCann.


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Fasting for the Public: Irish and Indian Sources of Marion Wallace Dunlop's 1909 Hunger Strike (Book Chapter)

Enemies of Empire: New Perspectives on Imperialism, Literature and Historiography


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