University Profiles

Maura Grace 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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