Assistant Professor of French & Women's and Gender Studies
Ph.D. Duke University
M.A. Duke University
B.A. Wellesley College
Office: LARTS 352
Dr. O’Hara teaches a wide range of language and literature courses, including French literature in translation. Prior to joining the faculty at UMass Dartmouth in the fall of 2007, she was Visiting Assistant Professor of French at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Lecturer in French at Iowa State University.
Dr. O'Hara's research and teaching interests include early modern French literature and culture, early modern European history, women’s studies, and the theory and practice of translation. She is currently at work on two major projects. One is a book manuscript entitled Poison Onstage and Offstage in Early Modern France. The other is a translation of the first European midwifery treatise written and published by a practicing midwife: Louise Bourgeois’ Diverse Observations Concerning Sterility, Miscarriages, Fertility, Births, and Diseases of Women and Newborn Children (first edition: Paris, 1609). This translation, produced in collaboration with the historian Alison Klairmont Lingo (University of California, Berkeley) will be published by the Toronto Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, in the series "The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe."
While a graduate student at Duke, she spent the academic year 1999-2000 at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, and the academic year 2000-2001 at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lettres et Sciences Humaines in Lyon. She spent her junior year abroad studying at the Université de Provence. During the summer of 2007, she returned to Lyon to help run the Iowa Regents’ Summer Study Abroad Program, at the invitation of a former colleague at Iowa State University.
Dr. O’Hara is a member of the American Association of Teachers of French, the North American Society for Seventeenth-Century French Literature, the Society for Interdisciplinary Seventeenth-Century French Studies, the Northeast Modern Language Association, the South Atlantic Modern Language Association, and the Modern Language Association.