Professor Veronica O'Mara

Professor of Medieval English Literature

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

01482 465648

Professor O'Mara's main expertise is in religious literature in the medieval and renaissance period in England and throughout Europe.

Currently on a research-only contract. She is also interested in all aspects of medieval studies and is engaged in various collaborative projects with colleagues at home and abroad.


Research Interests

  • Medieval English religious literature

  • Preaching

  • The relationship between manuscript and print in the Middle Ages

  • Female literacy in the medieval and early renaissance period

Research groups

Recent research activity has been on the Nuns’ Literacies in Medieval Europe project with colleagues in Universiteit Antwerpen (Dr Patricia Stoop) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (Professor Virginia Blanton). Conferences on the topic took place in Hull (2011), Kansas City (2012), and Antwerp (2013), leading to publications in 2013, 2015, and 2017 (forthcoming).

She is a member of the University of Hull's Andrew Marvell Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies.


O'Mara V, Blanton V, Stoop P (eds.), Nuns’ Literacies in Medieval Europe: The Antwerp Dialogue, Medieval Women: Texts and Contexts, 28 (Turnhout: Brepols, forthcoming 2017)

O'Mara V, Blanton V, Stoop P (eds.), Nuns’ Literacies in Medieval Europe: The Kansas City Dialogue, Medieval Women: Texts and Contexts, 27 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015)

Driver M, O'Mara V (eds.), Preaching the Word in Manuscript and Print in Late Medieval England: Essays in Honour of Susan Powell, Sermo: Studies on Patristic, Medieval, and Reformation Sermons and Preaching, 11 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013)

Blanton V, O'Mara V, Stoop P (eds.), Nuns’ Literacies in Medieval Europe: The Hull Dialogue, Medieval Women: Texts and Contexts, 26 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013)

O'Mara V, Paul S, A Repertorium of Middle English Prose Sermons, Sermo: Studies on Patristic, Medieval, and Reformation Sermons and Preaching, 1, 4 volumes (Brepols: Turnhout, 2007)

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Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA (NUI)

  • MA (NUI)

  • PhD (Leeds)

External roles

Member of the international Index of Middle English Prose advisory committee, the SERMO group, and instigator of the Nuns' Literacies in Medieval Europe project, all of which have led to extensive collaboration with colleagues in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, the United States, and Wales.

Awards and accolades

  • Awarded multiple external research grants (see professional highlights)

  • Fellowships obtained from the Folger Shakespeare and Huntington libraries (2011)

  • Advisory and examining roles undertaken internationally

  • Successful conferences and national and international co-operation

Professional highlights

External funding for research obtained from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, British Academy, Bibliographical Society, Ferens Education Trust, University of Missouri-Kansas City Women’s Center, University of Missouri Research Board, Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, Modern Humanities Research Association, Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO) / Research Foundation Flanders, Universiteit Antwerpen; Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, the University of Leeds.