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Aoife graduated with a distinction from University College Dublin with the International Modern Languages class of 2017, going from there to study for a Master’s degree in French and German at Oriel College, University of Oxford. After completing her Master’s, she worked around the world as a global educational consultant (New York, Tokyo, Czech Republic and Germany in her first few months), and was engaged as a tutor in German literature at the University of Oxford. Having been awarded a prestigious Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship for academic excellence, Aoife is currently undertaking her DPhil in Medieval and Modern Languages at St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford. Aoife’s doctoral research examines the samizdat literary scene in East Germany from 1980-1990.


Conferences organised:

'Dangerous Creations'. Samizdat in the Eastern Bloc, 8 April 2022

A roundtable discussion between academics and artists and writers of the 'unofficial' scene in the GDR.


Exhibitions curated:

'Dangerous Creations'. Samizdat in the Eastern Bloc, from 8 April 2022

Lead Curator of Exhibition showcasing the "samizdat" Special Collections of the Bodleian Library and Taylor Institution Library.



Hilary Term 2022- Tutor in German Literature

- 'Franz Kafka' for 'German paper X' (St Edmund Hall, Oxford)

- Graduate lecturer 'Stasi and "samizdat": power, authority and the unofficial magazines of East Berlin'. 

- 'Dangerous Creations: "samizdat" poster-making workshop', Bodleian Printing Press.


Hilary Term 2021- Tutor in German Literature

- 'Franz Kafka' for 'German paper X' (St Edmund Hall, Oxford)


Trinity Term 2020- Tutor in German Language.

- Language tutor for undergraduates (St Hilda's College, Oxford)


Trinity Term 2019- Tutor in German Literature.

- Post-1945 German literature, specifically ‘Thomas Bernhard’ for ‘German Paper X’ (Christ Church, Oxford)




“Modern German Studies Graduate Seminar 2020/21: German Studies at Oxford — Archives and Utopias of a Community of Practice”, Oxford German Studies (forthcoming 2022).


“Dramatising the Unknowable: The power of versification and poetic rhythm in achieving an overall understanding of Auschwitz as explored in Peter Weiss’s ‘Die Ermittlung’”, The Undergraduate Library, 2017.


“Defying the Discourse of Disremembering: An Examination of the linguistic and rhetorical strategies in ‘Burgtheater’ and ‘Stecken, Stab und Stangl’”, Women in German Studies anthology (forthcoming).