Denise A. Ayo


Denise Audrey Ayo received her Ph.D. in English with a minor in Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She specializes in British and Irish modern literature with an emphasis on transatlantic print culture and gender issues. Her dissertation, “The Modern Woman of Letters,” examines how three prolific critics employed re-mediation as a mechanism for managing literary authority. She received a distinguished pass on her candidacy exams in Spring 2009 and defended her dissertation in Spring 2013.

Denise has taught three semesters of first-year composition as well as a course of her own design on literary modernism, “Narrating the Mind in Modern Fiction.” In Spring 2013, she taught another course of her own design, “Video Games and the Gendered Role,” for Notre Dame’s Film, Television, and Theatre Department and Gender Studies Program. She has also offered numerous workshops for international graduate students as an English for Academic Purposes Fellow. She currently works as the Assistant Director for Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures. Denise will be teaching a course on nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first-century Irish literature in Fall 2014.

During her career at Notre Dame, she has received various grants, fellowships, and awards, including a Diversity Fellowship, a Zahm Research Travel Grant, and an award for excellence in teaching. Denise has presented papers at numerous conferences such as the 2008 and 2010 ACIS National Conference, the International Rebecca West Society’s Biennial Rebecca West Conference, and the 127th MLA Annual Conference. She has also been asked to give talks on Irish studies, modernism, and new media.

Her article “Scratching at Scabs: The Garryowens of Ireland” appeared in the 2010 Joyce Studies Annual, and the Journal of Modern Literature published her article “Mary Colum, Modernism, and Mass Media: An Irish-Inflected Transatlantic Print Culture” in 2012. She is also digitizing a selected volume of Mary Colum’s critical works:



Areas of Interest and Specialty

British and Irish Modern Literature

Fields of Study

Modern Print Culture & Periodical Studies · Irish Studies · Gender Studies · New Media Studies & The Digital Humanities

Theoretical Approaches

Feminist Theory · Postcolonial Theory · Media Theory · Psychoanalytical Theory

Additional Experience

Archival Work · Website Management and Design · Integrating Technology into the Classroom



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Denise A. Ayo, Ph.D.




Program Manager
Center for the Study of Languages & Cultures
329 DeBartolo Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556 USA


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