BiographyPeter D. O’Neill was born in Derry and educated at St. Columb’s College, and Derry Tech. He graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from Leeds University, where he was tutored by Zygmunt Bauman. After a few decades toiling in San Francisco’s non-profits arts sector, O’Neill returned to the academic life to gain an M.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. In 2004 he was admitted to the Ph.D. program in English at the University of Southern California, where he worked with David Lloyd, the Irish studies and postcolonial studies scholar. While at USC, O’Neill also studied under the Americanist John Carlos Rowe. With Lloyd and Rowe as his guides, O’Neill charted a transoceanic course of study that led eventually to the award of his Ph.D. in 2010 and his appointment as an assistant professor in comparative literature at the University of Georgia in 2011.
He is married to Professor Diane Marie Amann, holder of the Emily & Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law at the University of Georgia School of Law. Their son, Tiernan Hugh Amann O’Neill, is an undergraduate at UCLA.
BA (Hons) Sociology, Leeds University
Diploma in Continuing Education, University of Ulster, Magee
MA Creative Writing, San Francisco State University
MA English, University of Southern California
PhD English, University of Southern California
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Atlantic studies; Pacific studies; Irish America; Irish migration; US cultural history; postcolonial studies; state theory; transnational literature; comparative racialization; ethnic American literature.
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