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Jacqueline O’Connor

jacquelineoconnorProfessor of English | (208) 426-7090 | LA-209C

Dr. O’Connor teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Literature Program, and her particular areas of interest are in 20th/21st-century American literature, specifically American drama. Her most recent publications explore connections between law and the humanities.

In Spring 2014 Dr. O’Connor taught a course in the Intensive Semester Learning Experience (ISLE) program, which is supported by the Boise State Arts and Humanities Institute. The course, Mapping the Writer’s Life: Tennessee Williams, was an interdisciplinary six-credit project-based course that was open to students from all majors. The final collaborative project was an interactive Google Earth map that contained hundreds of detailed placemarks documenting Tennessee Williams’s life, work, and travel during the 1930s and the 1940s. Students in the course presented the final project at the National Undergraduate Research Conference, at the Boise State Undergraduate Research Conference, and at the Arts and Humanities Institute annual Honeycomb exhibit.


  • Ph.D., English, University of California at Davis
  • M.A., English, University of California at Davis
  • B.A., English, University of California at Santa Barbara


American Drama, Tennessee Williams, 20th/21st-century American Literature, Law and Humanities

Recent Publications

  • Law and Sexuality in Tennessee Williams’s America (forthcoming from Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2016)
  • With Stephanie Bacon. The Arc of a Dance: 25 Years of Idaho Dance Theatre (2014)
  • Documentary Trial Plays in Contemporary American Theater (Southern Illinois University Press, 2013)


Recent or upcoming courses include ENGL 278 Survey of American Literature: Civil War to the Present, ENGL 389 Studies in Drama, ENGL 498 Senior Capstone in Literary Studies, and ENGL 510 Tennessee Williams and his Contemporaries.

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