Faculty

Rob Riser, Lesa Shaul, and Ashley Dumas

UWA in Ireland is a one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary course, designed and led by three of UWA’s best-known faculty.

DR. ASHLEY DUMAS is an archaeologist specializing in the development of complex societies and French colonial history in the Southeastern U.S. She is currently working on a book about religious revitalization among the Creek Indians.

DR. LESA SHAUL is a specialist in Modern Literature and Southern Literature. A widely-recognized scholar of Robert Penn Warren and an award-winning faculty member, she is currently at work on comparative studies of American poet Natasha Tretheway and Irish poet Seamus Haney.

DR. ROB RISER, program director for UWA in Ireland, specializes in U.S. Civil Rights and Voting Rights History. An award-winning researcher, he publishes in the fields of U.S. Legal & Constitutional History, African American History and the American South. He is completing a new study on politics and anti-democracy in the Disfranchisement Era.

Dr. Hamill in action! Breakfast is at 8AM each morning, followed by a class session. Niamh’s talks get you ready for the day before it’s off to the buses for the day’s events.

DR. NIAMH HAMILL is Founder and Director of the Institute for Study Abroad Ireland. A specialist in Irish History and Literature, she received a PhD in Irish History and Culture from Drew University.