The Catholic University of America

Jennifer O'Riordan

Lecturer in Modern Languages and Assistant Director of Irish Studies

Office: McMahon Hall 401
Phone: (202) 319–5240

Education: Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PDGE), 2007, University College Cork; An Teastas Gaeilge do Mhúinteoirí Iarbhunscoile (TGMI), 2007, University College Cork; M.Sc. 2003, University College Cork; B.A. European Studies, 2000, University College Cork and l’Université d’Haute Bretagne, Rennes II, France.

Research Interests: Role and influence of the Irish language in Irish society; migration and its impact on Irish culture


Jennifer O’Riordan is a native of Cork, Ireland. As a lecturer 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, where she has designed a course module on migration and multiculturalism, examining their impact on contemporary notions of national identity in Ireland.

Additionally, Jennifer is involved in the expatriate Irish community throughout Washington, DC. For the past two years, she has regularly offered classes in the Irish language for adult learners in the DC region. 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.