Rodney Sharkey, PhD

Rodney Sharkey
Professor of English

 +974 4492 8225 


Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland 1996


Dr. Rodney Sharkey is a native of Dublin in Ireland where he studied literature at University College Dublin (B.A. and M.A.) and Trinity College (Ph.D.). Having taught at Trinity, Dublin City University, and the University of Limerick, he relocated to Cyprus where he lectured at Eastern Mediterranean University for seven years. He was the curator and director of the hugely successful Inscriptions in the Sand conference and arts festival, which became an annual event in Cyprus between 2002 and 2005. His specialized fields of interest are in Anglo-Irish literature, critical theory, performance dynamics and popular culture. He publishes regularly in journals such as Modern Culture ReviewsJournal of Beckett StudiesPerspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness and Reconstruction, and he produces and directs theatrical and musical events, such as "Hair",  "Catastrophe", "Glengarry Glen Ross" and "Baggage". He also stages regular lunchtime readings and short dramatic performances at WCM-Q, where he has taken a lead role in supporting the Debate Society, which has won the National Debate title four times under his mentorship. He has also won a number of Excellence in Teaching awards while at Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar. Dr. Sharkey is very pleased to be teaching writing through literature in the Pre-medical Program.

Selected Publications

  • Sharkey Rodney, “Beckett on the Inside: Teaching on Cornell’s Prison Education Program.” The Beckett Circle, Autumn, 2017
  • Sharkey Rodney, “Patriarchal Dissolution in Finnegans Wake: Reading Joyce’s ‘porterpeace’” James Joyce Studies Annual 2016 ; 110-129.
  • Sharkey Rodney, “Samuel Becket and Pub-lication.” Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd‘hui 2016; 28: 225-239