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John P Waters

Clinical Assistant Professor of Irish Studies

Ph.D. 1995, Duke; M.Phil. 1987, Trinity College, Dublin; B.A. 1986, Johns Hopkins

Office Address: 

244 Greene Street, Room 809


(212) 992-9689


(212) 995-4019

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Irish Studies; Eighteenth Century British and Irish Culture; British Romantic literature


Professor John Waters has based his knowledge of Irish literature on research done at Johns Hopkins (B.A.), Trinity College Dublin (M. Phil.), and Duke University (M.A. and PhD), with theses ranging from Anglo-Irish literature and the early poetry of Paul Muldoon to the travel poetry of Wordsworth and Keats. He joined the faculty of New York University in 2000, after teaching at Wake Forest University, Notre Dame, and Louisiana State University.

With a strong background in British Romantic literature, Professor Waters has continued to focus on the transatlantic traditions of American, British, and Irish literature to establish a place for himself in the academic community. While at Duke, Professor Waters edited a special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly on “Ireland and Irish Cultural Studies” with essays written by Declan Kiberd, Luke Gibbons, Dillon Johnson, Clair Wells, Guinn Batten, and Joe Cleary. More recently, he has edited two volumes which are currently in preparation; The African Traveller: A Radical’s Tale of Ireland in the Year of the Great Irish Rebellion and Gertrude of Wyoming (1809): A Hypertext Edition. He is at work on a two-volume history of Irish writing in the age of the Enlightenment; volume one, Scattered Radicals: Irish Writers in the Atlantic World, 1750-1850, is due out in 2010.

Upon arriving at New York University, Professor Waters became a vital part of Glucksman Ireland House’s mission as the Center for Irish Studies to fortify a strong undergraduate program. As such, he was named Director of Undergraduate Studies in 2001, has served as the Director of the NYU in Dublin program (2004, 2007-2008), and is the inaugural Director of the Masters in Irish and Irish-American Studies.

Professor Waters feels particularly happy to be a part of Glucksman Ireland House and New York University as he grew up nearby, a member of an Irish-American family in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

Selected Works:

ed., South Atlantic Quarterly's Ireland and Irish Cultural Studies special issue, 95, no 1 (Winter 1996).
ed., electronic text edition of "Gertrude of Wyoming" by Thomas Campbell, University of Virginia Hypertext Archive. Autumn 1999.
ed., The African Traveller: A Radical’s Tale from the Great Irish Rebellion. forthcoming.
Updated on 05/13/2016