Primary Department
School of English
Head of School
Work Area/Key Responsibilities
Phone number:
01 700
All Hallows
Room Number
AHC S218

Academic biography

Keith O'Sullivan is head of the School of English, deputy chair of the MA in Children's and Young Adult Literature degree programme, and co-director of the Centre for Research in Children's and Young Adult Literature

Before joining the School of English as an associate professor, he was senior lecturer and head of English at the Church of Ireland College of Education, Rathmines. At tertiary level, he taught English on the BEd programme at Church of Ireland College of Education; the BA, BEd and MA programmes at St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra; the MPhil (in children's literature) programme at Trinity College Dublin; and the PGDipEd programme at University College Dublin. 

He is a founder member of the Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature, a member of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature, and a past member of the board of directors of Children’s Books Ireland. He has also served as a member of the judging panel for the Reading Association of Ireland Book of the Year Awards and as chair of the Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards. 

He was a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge (Homerton College, Centre for Research in Children's Literature) in 2012; the inaugural David Almond research fellow (Newcastle University and Seven Stories) in 2013; a recipient of a Friends of the Princeton Library research grant in 2016; and, an Irish Research Council grant-awardee (with Dr Pádraic Whyte of TCD) from 2013 to 2015 for the €350,000 National Collection of Children’s Book project (see National Collection of Children's Books).

Recently, up until 2023, he was co-principal investigator on ‘G-Book 2: European teens as readers and creators of gender-positive narratives’. This €200,000 project (which is co-funded by European Commission) aims to discover, explore, promote and disseminate literature that enables young readers to reflect on their identities and question stereotypes, bias and perceived norms around gender (see g-book.eu). His recent publication, Children’s Literature Collections: Approaches to Research, which he co-edited with Dr Pádraic Whyte (TCD), was the recipient of the 2019 Edited Book Award at the 24th Biennial Congress of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature in Stockholm, Sweden. 

Research interests

Keith is happy to receive applications for doctoral research, especially in the following areas: young adult/children's literature, contemporary fantasy, multimodal texts, Romanticism, poetry, and collections and archives.