Department Chair

  • Erich Hertz
    Associate Professor of English
    Kiernan Hall 214
    (518) 782-6896

Mary K. Fitzgerald-Hoyt, Ph.D.

     Mary K. Fitzgerald-Hoyt, Ph.D.
     231 Kiernan Hall


Mary Fitzgerald-Hoyt has been teaching full-time at Siena since 1984.  She received her B.A. from Siena, her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.  She teaches a variety of courses in Irish and British literatures, in the short story genre, and topics such as children in literature and crime in literature.  Her research has focused primarily on English-language Irish literature, particularly the fiction of William Trevor and of the influence of the Irish Potato Famine, An Gorta Mór, on contemporary Irish literature.  She is the author of William Trevor:  Re-Imagining Ireland (The Liffey Press, 2003), and has published work on Claire Keegan, Nuala O’Faolain, J.M. Synge, Eavan Boland, Ciaran Carson, and others.  She has often presented her work at international conferences, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the Short Story in English, published at Université d’Angers, France.  She has twice been named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and has been nominated for Siena’s Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Scholarship awards.  She has served on numerous College-wide and English Department committees and chairs the Department’s Scholarship Committee.