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Jennifer O'Riordan

Clinical Assistant Professor, Irish
Assistant Director, Irish Studies Program

401B McMahon Hall
The Catholic University of America
Washington, DC 20064
Phone: 202-319-5268
M.Sc., PGDE, B.A. European Studies, University College  Cork, Ireland 


Jennifer O’Riordan is a native of Cork, Ireland. As Assistant Director of Irish Studies and a clinical instructor at the Catholic University of America, she teaches various levels of Irish Language and Culture to a growing body of students. Jennifer also teaches French for the department of Modern Languages, and she works in the Certificate program for European Studies. There she has designed course modules on migration and multiculturalism, examining their impact on contemporary notions of national identity in Ireland as well as a module on the transformation of the European city, specifically Dublin.  Jennifer is a co-director of CUA’s Irish Summer Institute and teaches the IRSH 110 course in Ireland during May and June.  In the 2015-2016 academic year, Jennifer jointly received the “Advancement in Teaching” award with her colleague Dr. Patrick Tuite for their work on the Irish Summer Institute. CUA Provost, Dr. Andrew Abela noted that the institute was, “a wonderful example of interdepartmental cooperation and an innovative educational experience for our students.”  Jennifer is advisor to the CUA Gaels and is involved in the expatriate Irish community throughout Washington, DC.


Prior to teaching, Jennifer was employed as a development consultant for the United Nations and the Institute for Security Studies in Ethiopia, South Africa and Tanzania.