Brian E O'Broin
Professor • Department of
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.
Language and Technology
Early English Language and Literature.
Medieval Irish Language and Literature.
Modern Irish linguistics.
Modern Irish literature.
Prof. Ó Broin has written prizewinning plays, a book on minority language parenting, and several prizewinning novels for young people.
Gaelic German Spanish
Linguistics, Early Literature, Modern Irish
Licenses and Certifications
English as a Second Language (ESL),
"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;
The Short Stories of Orna Ní Choileáin
City and Gender in Máirtín Ó Cadhain's "An t-Aonú Fleasc Déag" and "An Eochair"
Brexit in a British, Irish, European, and Global Context
How Accurate are the Irish Saints' Lives as a Reflection of Early Irish Monasticism?
Lockdown in America
Covered the Lockdown in America following the Covid-19 outbreak.
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.
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.