Barbara Michelle Hoffmann


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Barbara M. Hoffmann earned her Ph. D. from the University of Miami in 2017. Her dissertation, “Over the Edge of the World: Irish Convict Writing and Contemporary Australian Literature,” looked at writings by and about Irish convicts in Australia. She earned a Master of Public Policy from the University of Sydney, as well as a BS in English education and a BA in political science from Boston University. Her areas of interest are Irish and Australian literature, oceanic studies, modernism, queer studies, post-colonial studies, and Shakespeare. She has published on writings by James Joyce and Australian author Christos Tsiolkas and was the managing editor of the James Joyce Literary Supplement from 2014–2016. She is currently the Vice President of the American Association of Australasian Literary Studies. 

At the University of Miami, she teaches WRS 105 and WRS 106, which has a focus on Australian writing and culture. She also teaches a class on oceanic studies through the First Year Research Seminar program and the da Vinci Program, and she has taught American Literature I. She also enjoys being involved in campus life, including judging the SpectrUM DragOut competition and participating in the all-faculty 60s band. Prior to her time in Miami, she taught high school in Boston, worked as an electorate liaison for the Federal Minister of Education in Australia, and played guitar in a band called Henry.