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Jennifer O’Reilly

Jennifer O’Reilly

Jennifer O’Reilly

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Assistant Professor


African American Studies
210 Sims Hall


  • Ph.D., Department of English, Liverpool John Moores University
  • M.A., Department of History (Cultural History), University of Liverpool, 2014
  • B.A., Departments of English and History, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2012
Biographic Overview

Jennifer O’Reilly is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies. Her research examines Black spiritualities in ethnography, fiction, and poetry. She primarily teaches courses in twentieth and twenty-first century African American literature.

Research Interests

African American literature, Black women’s writing, Black spirituality in literature, African American folklore

Research Specializations

Twentieth century African American literature, Black American women writers, the Harlem Renaissance, Black spirituality in literature

Honors and Awards

O’Reilly recently received a Rose Library Short-Term Award Fellowship at Emory University to support research on Lucille Clifton’s writing for her current book project. She was also a 2022-2023 Writing across the Curriculum Faculty Fellow at SU.