Megan Sullivan

Faculty Director BU Inclusive Pedagogy Initiative; Associate Professor of Rhetoric

Teaching Interests

Non-fiction writing (e.g. the essay, feature writing, writing for social justice); Irish literature and film; women writers; disability studies

Research Interests

Inclusive Pedagogy, Irish literature and culture, women’s studies, mass incarceration

Selected Publications


Clarissa’s Disappointment and Resources for Families, Teachers and Counselors of Children of Incarcerated Parents. Shining Hall Press, 2017.

Parental Incarceration: Personal Accounts and Developmental Impact, co-edited with Denise Johnston. Routledge, 2016.

Women in Northern Ireland: Cultural Studies and Material Conditions. University Press of Florida, 1999.

Book in Progress

Maeve Brennen: The Predicament of the Irish Woman Writer in 20th Century North America.


“Mental Health Disorder & Traumatic Experience – Children with Incarcerated Parents.” Beyond the Wall (2017): 20-22.

“How Can Schools, Teachers and Counselors Help Children Impacted by Incarceration?” Children of the Incarcerated. Justice Strategies, June 11, 2017 Web.

“Children with Incarcerated Parents and Academic Success.” Literacy & NCTE. National Council of Teachers of English, May 24, 2017 Web.

“Children with Incarcerated Parents in the United States: What We Know and What We Still Need to Learn.” Children of the Incarcerated. Justice Strategies. 10 May, 2017 Web.

“For Caregivers: Helping Children of Incarcerated Parents.” National Resource Center for Health Marriage and Families. Web and Print. Fall (2016). 1-4.

“Beyond Accommodation: Teaching Disability in Writing and Literature Courses.” The Atrium: A Journal of Academic Voices. Fall Issue, October 2013.

“Welcoming Children and Families Affected by Incarceration into Public Libraries.” Public Libraries. July/August, 2013.

“Among A Traveler’s Insights: Travel May Not Lead to Understanding.” “Boston Globe.” August 9, 2012. Travel Essay.

“Reaching Children of Incarcerated Parents.” Middle Ground: The Magazine of Middle Level Education. Purcellville, VA. 2011. August, 2011. 22-23.

Edited Journal: Megan Sullivan, Tanya Krupat and Venezia Michalsen, eds. S&F Online Barnard Center for Research on Women. Spring 2010: 3 pts. 4 Feb. 2011 <>.

Articles in Progress

A Qualitative Analysis of Children of Incarcerated Parents in the United States. Revue Criminologie. University of Montreal.

What Can Research on Children of Incarcerated Parents Teach Corrections’ Officials? Journal of the International Corrections and Prisons Association.

Other professional activity and/or awards

2016 Dr. Ishmail Sensel Award for Outstanding Professor, Boston University, College of General Studies

2016 Larry D. Underwood Award in Children’s Literature, Shining Hall Press

2016 HERS Leadership Institute Preparing Women Faculty and Administrators for Leadership Roles

2015 Anthony Award in Non-fiction Prose, Between the Lines Literary Journal

2012 Finalist for Best Essay, Creative Non-fiction: True Stories, Well Told

2010 Honorable Mention Linda Joy Myers Memoir Prize, National League of American Pen Women, Inc., San Francisco Bay Area Branch

2008 Peyton Richtor Award for Interdisciplinary Teaching, Boston University, College of General Studies