Humanities & Communication

Associate Professor
Focus: Literature/Humanities

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(518) 694-7266

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Margaret Lasch Carroll, PH.D.


  • Ph.D. in English, University of Maryland at College Park 


  • The Pre-Modern World 
  • The Modern World
  • The Epic
  • Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
  • Shakespeare
  • Irish Literature
  • The Novel


  • My primary research interest is Irish Literature, in particular 20th-century literature. The Irish identity in Irish-American literature is a related interest. A secondary area of research includes Irish immigration history in the city of Albany.


“Constructing Albany’s Answers to the Irish Questions, 1913-1924.” Nordic Irish Studies Journal. Spring 2016.
“Mary C. Kelly’s Ireland’s Great Famine in Irish-American History: Enshrining a Fateful Memory.” American Catholic Studies. April 2015.

“The Artist as a Young Man: Denis Sampson’s, Young John McGahern: Becoming A Novelist.  Irish Literary Supplement. Fall 2013.

“The Sisters of Charity:  Pioneers of Education in Albany, NY 1828-1847.”  The Country of the Young: Interpretations of Youth and Childhood in Irish Culture. Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2013.

“The Church and Its Spire”: John McGahern and the Catholic Question; Eamon Maher’s The Church and Its Spire.” Irish Literary Supplement.  Fall 2012.

Dermot McCarthy, John McGahern and the Art of Memory. Irish Literary Supplement. Fall 2011.

John McGahern, Love of the World: Essays, edited by Stanley van der Ziel. New Hibernian Review Vol. 14. No. 4 (2010). 

“The Road Away Becomes the Road Back”:  Prodigal Sons in the Short Stories of John McGahern.’ Journal of the Short Story in English: Special Issue on John McGahern. Guest editor, Prof. Claude Maisonnat, University Lumiere, Lyon, France. Vol. 53. Autumn 2009 (published in Fall 2010).

“John McGahern’s Creatures of the Earth.” The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies. Vol. 33, No. 2. Fall 2007 (published in Fall 2009).

“Alice McDermott’s After This.” Irish Literary Supplement. Fall 2008.

“Prodigals’ Dreams: John McGahern’s That They May Face the Rising Sun.” Estudios Irelandeses. Issue 3. Mar. 2008. 

“John McGahern’s Memoir,” The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies.  Spring 2006.  Vol. 31, No. 2. Fall 2005 (published in Spring 2006).

“Kennedy, William.” The Encyclopedia of the Irish in America, ed. M. Glazier, University of Notre Dame Press. 1999.

“McDermott, Alice.”  The Encyclopedia of the Irish in America, ed. M.Glazier, University of Notre Dame Press. 1999.

“John McGahern.” Modern Irish Writers: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook, ed. A. Gonzalez, Greenwood Publishing. 1997.