Associate Professor of French & Women's and Gender Studies
Co-Chair, Department of Women's & Gender Studies
Ph.D. Duke University
M.A. Duke University
B.A. Wellesley College
Office: LArts 352
Of the courses she has created at UMass Dartmouth, Prof. O'Hara's favorites to teach are: "Bestsellers vs. Classics in French Literature," and "World War II in French Film and Literature." Both of these courses were originally offered at the advanced level and taught in French, but Prof. O'Hara subsequently developed intermediate-level English-language versions of these courses for the general UMD student body. Another course she enjoys teaching is "The Female Body and the History of Medicine in Early Modern Europe," a 300-level class open to all students, offered through the Dept. of Women's and Gender Studies. This course grew out of her research into the history of midwifery in early modern Europe. In 2012, she won the Provost's Award for Best Practices in a Blended or Fully Online Course.
She is at work on two research 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). Bourgeois was also the royal midwife to Queen Marie de Médicis, wife of King Henri IV of France. 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."
In July 2012, Prof. O'Hara was one 16 scholars working with editor Dr. Albert Rabil who were collectively awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Scholarly Editions and Translations grant totaling $190,000. The grant will fund the publication costs associated with 9 books in "The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe" series, including her translation of Louise Bourgeois.
• “Poison in French Tragedy and Tragic Stories, 1600-1638.” In French Renaissance Drama, ed. Michael Meere. University of Delaware Press, forthcoming.
• “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.
• “Family Ties: Death by Poison in La Mort de Mithridate and Thyeste.” Relations and Relationships in Seventeenth-Century French Literature. Actes du 36e congrès annuel de la North American Society for Seventeenth-Century French Literature. Ed. Jennifer R. Perlmutter. Biblio 17, Vol. 166. Tübingen: Narr, 2006. 331-341.
• “’Look on Fertile France’: French Theater in Shakespeare’s Time.” Shakespeare Studies XXXII (2004): 36-46.