Sharon Gallagher is an undergraduate alumna of Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Her experiences at Penn State Behrend encouraged her to continue her education so she could teach college. She earned both her master’s and Ph. D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she focused her studies on 19th century British literature, with a special emphasis on Irish literature. Her love of Ireland has prompted many visits there as a student at Trinity College’s Institute of Irish Studies and University College-Galway as well as a conference presenter in Cork and a participant in a spring break service project at Castle Ward in Northern Ireland.
Although Dr. Gallagher did not start her teaching career at Penn State Behrend, she has been a member of the faculty here since 1998 and has taught a range of courses in both writing and literature. Her interests in Irish literature, gothic, science fiction, mythology, and fairy/folktales are often reflected in the courses that she teaches. She also enjoys a good mystery and conducting primary research whenever she has the opportunity.