Joan Dean

Joan Dean
Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor Emerita
Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact Info
Cockefair Hall 114


Joan Dean teaches courses in drama and film, Renaissance and modern literature. Since coming to UMKC in 1975, she has served as dean of libraries, director of honors, and English Department chair. Her research focuses on modern Irish culture. Her interests include archival research, movies, and genealogy. Her publications on drama and film have appeared in the US, Ireland, Great Britain, Canada, the Netherlands, Spain, and France.

Academic Credentials

Ph.D., Purdue University
M.A., Purdue University
A.B., Canisius College


Shakespeare, modern Irish literature, Shakespeare and film, and graduate study in English


Beyond Realism: Experimental and Unconventional Irish Drama since the Revival. Brill/Rodopi, 2015.
All Dressed Up: Modern Irish Historical Pageantry. Syracuse University Press, 2014.
Riot and Great Anger: Twentieth Century Stage Censorship in Ireland. University of Wisconsin Press, 2004.
Dancing at Lughnasa. Cork University Press, 2003.
David Hare. G.K. Hall, 1990.
Tom Stoppard: Comedy as a Moral Matrix. University of Missouri Press, 1981.


2016, N. T. Veatch Award for Distinguished Research
2012, Moore Fellowship at the National University of Ireland, Galway
2004, Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Research
1997, Governor’s Award for Teaching Excellence
1992-93, Fulbright Scholar, University College Galway (Ireland)
1982-83, Fulbright Lecturer, Université de Nancy (France)