Joseph Lennon, PhD, Emily C. Riley Director of the Center for Irish Studies and Associate Dean of International and Interdisciplinary Initiatives, was named in 2016 Irish Education 100—an annual list produced by the Irish Voice recognizing individuals who have contributed to the enduring success of Irish education. The selected honorees are distinguished leaders in their fields from across the country.
Dr. Lennon’s research examines the influence of colonialism in Ireland, Britain and India, tracing the evolution of cultural formations throughout the British Empire. Literature is his primary focus, particularly the authors of Irish Literary Revival, including W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, August Gregory, James Stephens and James and Margaret Cousins. He is the author of Irish Orientalism: A Literary and Intellectual History, and he has been published in numerous journals such as New Hibernia Review, Women’s Studies, The European Legacy, Irish University Review and The Times Literary Supplement.
Dr. Lennon is one of several Villanova leaders, faculty and alumni named to the Irish Education 100 list since its launch in 2009. Those named in previous years include:
- The Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD ’75, president
- The Rev. George F. Riley, OSA, PhD ’58, ’61, former Special Assistant to the President for Alumni and External Relations
- The Honorable Charles A. Heimold ’54, founder of the Heimbold Chair in Irish studies
- Martin G. McGuinn ’64, ’67, founder of the McGuinn Scholars Program
- James J. Murphy, PhD, former Director of Irish Studies
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