Associate Professor of French & Women's and Gender Studies
Co-Chair, Women's & Gender Studies
Ph.D. Duke University
École Normale Supérieure de Lettres et Sciences Humaines, Lyon. Pensionnaire scientifique étranger.
École Normale Supérieure, Paris. Pensionnaire étranger.
M.A. Duke University
B.A. Wellesley College
Study Abroad: Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence.
Office: LArts 352
Prof. O'Hara teaches courses in French and in English, covering literature, history, and culture. She has designed courses ranging from "World War II in French Film and Literature" to "History and Culture of Food in the Francophone World." Her course "The Female Body and the History of Medicine in Early Modern Europe" was inspired by her most recent research project.
Prof. O'Hara has done the first complete, accurate, and scholarly translation of the first European midwifery treatise ever 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). Produced in collaboration with the historian Alison Klairmont Lingo (University of California, Berkeley), this translation will be published by the Toronto Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, in the series "The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe."
She and Dr. Klairmont Lingo were two of sixteen scholars collectively awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Scholarly Editions and Translations grant totaling $190,000. The grant funded the publication costs associated with 9 books in "The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe" series, including Prof. O'Hara's translation of Louise Bourgeois's midwifery treatise.
• Translator of August 1914: France, The Great War, and a Month That Changed the World Forever, by Bruno Cabanes. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016.
• “Poison in French Tragedy and Tragic Stories, 1600-1638.” In French Renaissance and Baroque Drama: Text, Performance, Theory, ed. Michael Meere (Newark, Del.: University of Delaware Press, 2015, 247-265).
• “Translation, Gender, and Early Modern Midwifery: Louise Bourgeois’s Observations diverses and The Compleat Midwife’s Practice.” The New England Journal of History 65.1 (Fall 2008): 28-55.
• “‘Look on Fertile France’: French Theater in Shakespeare’s Time.” Shakespeare Studies XXXII (2004): 36-46.