Geraldine Higgins specializes in twentieth-century Irish literature and culture, modern British literature, archival studies and public exhibitions. She joined the Emory faculty in 1996 after completing a B.A. in English and History at Trinity College Dublin and a D.Phil. in English at Trinity College, Oxford. In 2014, she was awarded the Massee-Martin/NEH Distinguished Teaching Chair for the term of 2014-2018.
Higgins’s research focuses on the Irish Revival and on literature connected to the thirty-year Irish conflict known as the Troubles. Anchored by Ireland’s two Nobel poet laureates, W.B. Yeats and Seamus Heaney, her publications examine the connections between art and violence, literature and history, and poetry and popular culture.