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Tara Giddens

Proposed thesis title: Investigating the Irish New Woman: Tracing Journalists in Media and Fiction

Supervisor: Tina O’Toole

Email: tara.giddens@ul.ie

Career: In 2009, I graduated with a B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Following that, I worked as a journalist for a few years covering news all over Lewis County, WA. When I decided it was time to move on, I became a substitute teacher and taught for a year in various grades. It was in the classroom that I realised I wanted to become an educator and continue my own academic career. I pursued my passion in literature and attended Maynooth University where I earned a Master’s in Irish Literature in 2015. Afterward, I spent a year teaching English to foreign students in Dublin before coming to the University of Limerick.