University Profiles

Maura Harrington

Maura Grace Harrington, Ph.D


Department of English


Professor Maura Harrington has published on Irish, American, and English literature.

My blood began running blue in 2001, when I became a graduate student and Teaching Assistant in the Department of English at Seton Hall University. After I completed my M.A. in English in 2003, I became an Adjunct Instructor. Since 2007, I have been a writing Instructor. I enjoy teaching Reading and Writing Workshop, College English I, College English II and Great Books of the Western World II. I am involved in the College of Arts and Sciences online courses initiative, and I have instructed Great Books II online. My online College English II course debuted in the Spring 2010 semester.

My students are often surprised to learn that I did not major in English as an undergraduate. My major was liberal arts, and my minor was psychology. Although my liberal arts major did not include many English courses, I also took a significant number of courses in religious studies, philosophy, history, communications and the arts. My interests today are still interdisciplinary, and I work to build interdisciplinary bridges in my teaching and scholarship. I am particularly interested in the relationship among history, catholic spirituality and thought, the fine and performing arts, popular culture and literature.

Of course, my personal statement would not be complete if I failed to mention that my main research interest is Irish literature. I recently completed my dissertation, in which I analyzed the relationship between nationalism and religion in the portrayals of the supernatural in magical realist Irish literature written between 1891 and 1916.

Seton Hall is a unique and wonderful environment in which I have experienced enrichment of mind, heart and spirit-- both as a student and as a teacher. I work hard to extend to my students the benefits that a Seton Hall education has given me.


  • Ph.D., Drew University, 2010
  • M.Phil., Drew University, 2009
  • M.A., Seton Hall University, 2003
  • B.A., Caldwell College, 2001



Office Phone
(973) 275-2176


Office Location
Room 361
Fahy Hall


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