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Ashley  O'Mara

Ashley O'Mara

PhD Candidate and Teaching Associate

437 Hall of Languages

  • Degree: Began PhD program in 2014
  • Concentration: British Literature (Early Modern)
  • Advisor: Dympna Callaghan

Ashley O’Mara entered the PhD program in 2014. She studies 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 sexual and asexual desires. Her research is informed by recent developments in feminism, asexuality, and queer studies. She was a 2016–2017 HASTAC scholar and a curator and contributor with Six Degrees of Francis Bacon, specializing in Jesuit missionary networks. In the past she has taught a sophomore composition class on gender and the politics of world religions; ETS 113: British Literature, Beginnings to 1789; and ETS 192: Gender and Literary Texts. Find her online via her ORCID: 0000-0003-0540-5376; or on her website:

  • MA English, Syracuse University
  • BA English, Le Moyne College