Faculty and Staff

Brian E O'Broin

Professor • Department of Language, Lit, Culture, and Writing

Professor Brian Ó Broin teaches linguistics, literature, and college writing in the English Department of William Paterson University.

Professor Ó Broin earned his Ph.D. in Medieval Literature and Languages from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

He earned his masters degree (M.Phil.) in Medieval Literature and Languages from the National University of Ireland, Cork.

He earned his bachelors degree in English, Politics, and Sociology at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

He has taught linguistics, literature, college writing, and Celtic Studies at the Humboldt University (Berlin), the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and Marquette University (Milwaukee).

He served for a year as the assistant director of the Writing Center at the University of Illinois.

He also tutors and teaches shorter courses in Modern Irish (Gaelic) in Ireland, the United States, and Canada.

A prizewinning playwright and novelist, he also frequently appears on Irish radio as a commentator on American politics and culture.

Professor Ó Broin is also the local faculty advisor for Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. The society organizes outings, readings, and social events related to the English department's mission.

Professional Interests

Language and Technology
Language Pedagogy
Early English Language and Literature.
Medieval Irish Language and Literature.
Modern Irish linguistics.
Modern Irish literature.

Other Interests

Prof. Ó Broin has written prizewinning plays, a book on minority language parenting, and several prizewinning novels for young people.

Gaelic  German  Spanish 


PhD Medieval Literature and Language, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, IL

MPhil Medieval English Literature and Language, National University of Ireland Cork, Ireland

Other Medieval Literature and Language, University College Cork, Ireland

BA English, Sociology, Politics, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland


Linguistics, Early Literature, Modern Irish

Licenses and Certifications

English as a Second Language (ESL), National Council for Educational Awards, Ireland National

Representative Publications

"Using Aggregative Statistical Techniques from Narratology to Analyze Textual Stability in Irish Saints' Lives, and the Implications for Dateability." ; forthcoming in James Lyttleton (ed.), 2017. Church and Settlement in Medieval Ireland. ; Four Courts Press.; 2018

"A Statistical Analysis of the Irish-Speaking Population of North America" / "Anailís ar Phobal Labhartha agus Spriocphobail Labhartha na Gaeilge i Meiriceá Thuaidh" ; in Jerry White and Aralt Mac Giolla Chainnigh (eds.), 2016. Research and Teaching of the Irish Language in North America: the Next 20 years; Dalhousie University Press, Ottawa, Canada.;

"Liam Mac Cóil's An Dochtúir Áthas,"; forthcoming in Brian Ó Conchubhair and Philip O'Leary (eds.), 2016. The Greatest Irish-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century.; Cló Iar Chonnacht; 2018

"Mícheál Ó Conghaile's Conamara Trilogy," ; forthcoming in Brian Ó Conchubhair and Philip O'Leary (eds.), 2017. The Greatest Irish-Language Plays of the Twentieth Century.; Cló Iar Chonnacht;

Representative Presentations

Guest Speaker
American Celtic Studies Association American Celtic Studies Association
Madison, NJ 2022

The Short Stories of Orna Ní Choileáin
Modern Irish Short Stories Boston College & Notre Dame University
Dublin, 2022

City and Gender in Máirtín Ó Cadhain's "An t-Aonú Fleasc Déag" and "An Eochair"
CUNY Irish Language Symposium Lehman College
New York, NY 2020

Brexit in a British, Irish, European, and Global Context

Wayne, NJ 2019

How Accurate are the Irish Saints' Lives as a Reflection of Early Irish Monasticism?
International Congress on Medieval Studies ASIMS (The American Society for Irish Medieval Studies)
Kalamazoo, MI 2018


Lockdown in America
Covered the Lockdown in America following the Covid-19 outbreak.

"Race Relations"
Covered recent events in America following the death of George Floyd.

"Zero Tolerance at the Border"
Analysis of American reaction to drownings in the Rio Grande.

Mueller Report
Radio interview on current affairs program.

Notable Courses Taught

English 2020: Language and Technology
English 6140 Applied English Linguistics.
English 5500 Medieval Literature.
English 4010 Linguistics and Grammars.
English 4030: Grammar and Style
English 4020 Development of the English Language.

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