Julie Sheridan is completing a PhD on the fiction of contemporary American writer Joyce Carol Oates at Trinity College, Dublin. She holds an MA in American Literature from University College Dublin, and has presented numerous conference papers on Oates’s work. She has also given lectures and advanced seminars on American literature and critical theory at Trinity College. As postgraduate representative of the Irish Association for American Studies from 2003 to 2007, she established the association’s annual international postgraduate symposium, now in its fifth year. Her article “‘Why Such Discontent?’: Race, Ethnicity, and Masculinity in What I Lived For” appeared in the 2006 Special Issue on Joyce Carol Oates published by the American quarterly Studies in the Novel.