Susan O'Hara, Ph.D.

Phone: 732-987-2707
Fax: 732-987-2010
Office Location:
A&S 222
Office Hours:
M&W 3:15-4:15 Tues. afternoons by appointment
Department of English

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D., English, Rutgers University
  • M.A., English, Rutgers University
  • B.A., summa cum laude, English, University of Pittsburgh


  • The Theatricality of Mary Wroth's "Pamphilia to Amphilanthus": Unmasking Conventions in Context, Selinsgrove: Susquehanna University Press, 2011
  • "Reading the Stage Rubrics of Mary Wroth's Folger Manuscript of Pamphilia to Amphilanthus." In New Ways of Looking at Old Texts, IV, edited by Michael Denbo. Tempe, Arizona: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2008.
  • "Masques as Ephemerae: Their Importance to Plot, Characterization, Irony, and Cultural Significance" Journal of Drama Studies (Fall, 2008)
  • "Contextualizing Collaborative Learning: Social Justification and the Revision Process" EAPSU ONLINE, English Assoication of Pennsylvania State Universities (Fall, 2008)
  • "Sonnets as Theater: The Performance of Ideal Love and the Negation of Marriage in Mary Wroth's Masque" Explorations in Renaissance Culture (Summer, 2003)

Courses Taught:

  • Shakespeare I & II (EN301 & EN302)
  • Sixteenth-Century Literature (EN315)
  • British Literature I & II (EN175 & EN176)
  • American Literature I & II (EN113 & EN114)
  • Academic Writing and Research I & II (EN111 & EN112)

Research Area:

  • Early Modern Dramatic and Non-Dramatic Poetry Including Shakespeare
  • Rhetoric/Composition

Service to the University:

  • Director, University Honors Program, 2010-2012
  • Chair, Faculty Development Committee, 2009-2010
  • Moderator, Fountain Spray (Literary Magazine), 2006-2009
  • Faculty Development Committee, 2008-2009
  • Admissions Committee, 2006-2008
  • Middle States Administration Committee 2007-2009
  • Early Warning System Committee, 2008-2009
  • Foundations of Excellence, Transitions Dimension, 2007
  • Lead Writer, British Literature I & II, 2006-2007
  • Chair, Honors Program in English, 2006

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