School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Fionnghuala Sweeney

Reader in American & Black Atlantic Lit


Fionnghuala Sweeney specialises in American and Black Atlantic literature and cultures. Her research encompasses African American Studies; afromodernisms; anti-colonial radicalism; Slavery Studies; eighteenth and nineteenth-century US literary studies; Anglophone and Hispanophone Caribbean studies; Ireland, empire and slavery; transatlantic studies; life writing; and art history and visual culture. She welcomes PhD projects in any of these areas.

Research Roles:

Director of the AHRC Northern Bridge Consortium; Newcastle Director of Northern Bridge (to end Jan 2020)

Steering Committee of the Centre for Latin American Research

Editorial Board, Journal of American Studies

Advisory Board, Feminist Theory

Member of the AHRC Peer Review College (2008-2014)

Editorial Board, FORECAAST series in African American Studies, Liverpool University Press



Current teaching:

Level 1 Introduction to Literary Studies: African American Poetry 

Level 2 SELL 2205: Fictions of Migration 

Level 3 Special Subject SEL 3378: Landscapes of American Modernism

Level 3 SEL 3362: BA Dissertation in English Literature

MA SEL 8357: Radicalisms - Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Slavery

MA SEL 8417: MA Dissertation