Donald R. Keough Family Professor of Irish Studies
Barry McCrea is scholar of comparative literature and a novelist. His research focuses on modern literature in English, French, Irish, Italian, and Spanish. As well as articles and essays about modern Irish and European literature, he is the author of The First Verse, a novel, which won the 2006 Ferro-Grumley prize for fiction; In the Company of Strangers: Narrative and Family in Dickens, Conan Doyle, Joyce and Proust; and Minor Languages and the Modern Literary Imagination.
The Keough Family has been instrumental in the flourishing of Notre Dame’s program of Irish studies, establishing two professorships and several library collections in this area, and underwriting the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and the Keough-Naughton Notre Dame Centre in Dublin. The late Donald Keough served as chairman of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees.