- Degree: Began PhD program in 2014
- Concentration: British Literature (Early Modern)
- Advisor: Dympna Callaghan
Ashley O’Mara entered the PhD program in 2014. They study literary representations of celibacy after the English Reformation, giving special attention to how Catholicism’s institutional celibacy shaped anti-Catholic discourses at the same time that it afforded a space for non-normative asexual pleasures. Their research is informed by recent developments in feminism, asexuality, and queer studies. They were a 2016–2017 HASTAC scholar and a curator and contributor with Six Degrees of Francis Bacon, specializing in Jesuit missionary networks. In the past they have taught a sophomore composition class on gender and the politics of world religions; ETS 113: British Literature, Beginnings to 1789; ETS 182: Race and Literary Texts; and ETS 192: Gender and Literary Texts. They have also appeared as a contestant on Jeopardy!
- MA English, Syracuse University
- BA English, Le Moyne College