Skip Navigation
York U: Redefine the PossibleHOME | Current Students | Faculty & Staff | Research | International
Search »FacultiesLibrariesGlendon CampusYork U LionsCampus MapsYork U OrganizationDirectorySite Index
Future Students, Alumni & Visitors

Edit My Profile | Print Full Profile

Andrea O'Reilly

School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

Professor
 
Office:  223 Founders College
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 60366 (Note: E-mail is best)
Emailaoreilly@yorku.ca
 
  • Overview
  • Projects
  • Publications
  • Teaching
  • Full Profile


Andrea O'Reilly, PhD, Professor in the School of Women's Studies at York University is co-editor/editor of twelve books on Motherhood: Redefining Motherhood: Changing Identities and Patterns (Second Story Press, 1998), Mothers and Daughters: Connection, Empowerment and Transformation (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000), Mothers and Sons: Feminism, Masculinity and the Struggle to Raise our Sons (Routledge Press 2001), From Motherhood to Mothering: The Legacy of Adrienne Rich's Of Woman Born (SUNY, 2004), Mother Outlaws: Theories and Practices of Empowered Mothering (Women's Press, 2004), Mother Matters: Mothering as Discourse and Practice (ARM Press, 2004), Motherhood: Power and Oppression (Women's Press, 2005), You Can Get There From Here: 25 Years of Bridging Courses for Women at York University (School of Women's Studies, York University, 2006), Maternal Theory: Essential Readings (Demeter Press, 2007) and Feminist Mothering (forthcoming, SUNY 2008). Her forthcoming books include From Personal to Political: Towards a New Theory of Maternal Narrative. With Silvia Caporale-Bizzini. (In Press), Susquehanna University Press, 2009, Maternal Texts/Textual Mothers: Motherhood in 20th and 21st Century Women’s Literature. With Elizabeth Podnieks. (Forthcoming, Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2008) and Motherhood at the 21st Century: Policy, Experience, Identity, Agency. She is currently completing the 20th Anniversary of Sara Ruddick’s Maternal Thinking and writing a monograph on being a mother in the academe.

More...


Research Interests

Women's Studies , Family , Motherhood, Gender issues, Mothers in Popular Culture

Selected Publications

O'Reilly, A. “Feminist Perspectives on Mothering: Power and Oppression.” Gendered Intersections: An Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies. Eds. Lesley Biggs and Pamela Down. Halifax:Fernwood Publishing, 2005.

O'Reilly, A. “‘That is what feminism is: the acting and living, not just the told’: Modeling and Mentoring Feminism.” Feminist Mothering. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Albany: SUNY Press, 2008, pp. 191-202.

“Introduction.” Maternal Theory: Essential Readings. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2007, pp. 1-6.

“Feminist Mothering.” Maternal Theory: Essential Readings. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2007, pp. 792-822.

O'Reilly, A. Rocking the Cradle: Thoughts on Motherhood, Feminism and The Possibility of Empowered Mothering. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2006: 206 pages.

Current Research Projects

  • Being a Mother in Academia  more...
  • Maternal Health and Well-being  more...
  • Mother Centres, Feminist Pedagogy, and Young Motherhood: Creating Empowerment Programming for Young Mothers  more...
  • Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering  more...
  • Grandmothers and Grandmothering Conference  more...
  • Project  more...
  • Project  more...
  • Project  more...
  • Project  more...
  • Project  more...

View Resarcher's Selected Publications

All Publications

Books

O'Reilly, A. Textual Mothers, Maternal Texts: Motherhood in Contemporary Women’s Literatures. With Elizabeth Podnieks. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2010; 418 pages.

O'Reilly, A. From the Personal to Political: Towards a New Theory of Maternal Narrative. With Silvia Caporale-Bizzini. Selinsgrove, PA: Susquehanna University Press, 2009; 264 pages.

O'Reilly A. Maternal Thinking: Philosophy, Politics, Practice. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2009; 274 pages.

“Maternal Authority and Social Acceptability of Children; Feminist Mothering as Maternal Practice” Maternal Thinking: Philosophy, Politics, Practice. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2009; 217-229.

O'Reilly A. Feminist Mothering. Albany: SUNY Press, 2008; 287 pages.

O'Reilly, A. Maternal Theory: Essential Readings. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2007; 846 pages.

O'Reilly, A. Rocking the Cradle: Thoughts on Motherhood, Feminism and The Possibility of Empowered Mothering. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2006: 206 pages.

O'Reilly, A. *You Can Get There from Here: Celebrating 25 Years of Bridging Courses for Women at York University. With Ruby Newman. Toronto: School of Women’s Studies, York University, 2006; 215 pages.

O'Reilly, A. Motherhood: Power and Oppression. With Marie Porter and Patricia Short. Toronto: Women’s Press, 2005; 300 pages.

O'Reilly, A. Toni Morrison and Motherhood: A Politics of the Heart. Albany: SUNY Press, 2004.

O'Reilly, A. Mother Matters: Motherhood as Discourse and Practice. Toronto: ARM Press, 2004; 257 pages.

O'Reilly, A. Mother Outlaws: Theories and Practices of Empowered Mothering. Toronto: Women’s Press, 2004; 441 pages.

O'Reilly, A. From Motherhood to Mothering: The Legacy of Adrienne Rich’s Of Woman Born. Albany: SUNY Press, 2004; 251 pages.

O'Reilly, A. Mothers and Sons: Feminism, Masculinity and the Struggle to Raise our Sons. New York: Routledge Press, 2001; 280 pages.

O'Reilly, A. Mothers and Daughters: Connection, Empowerment and Transformation. With Sharon Abbey. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000; 302 pages.

O'Reilly, A. Redefining Motherhood: Changing Identities and Patterns. With Sharon Abbey. Toronto: Second Story Press, 1998; 339 pages.

Book Chapters

“Introduction.” (with Liz Podnieks) Textual Mothers, Maternal Texts: Motherhood in Contemporary Women’s Literatures Textual Mothers. Eds. Elizabeth Podnieks and Andrea O’Reilly. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2010; 1-28.

“Biting the Hand that Feeds You: New Momism and the Motherhood Memoir.” Textual Mothers, Maternal Texts: Motherhood in Contemporary Women’s Texts: Representations of Mothering in Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Literature. Eds. Elizabeth Podnieks and Andrea O’Reilly. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2010, (Reprint); 201-212.

“Coda: ‘Stories to Live By’: Maternal Literatures and Motherhood Studies.” Textual Mothers, Maternal Texts: Motherhood in Contemporary Women’s Literatures. Eds. Elizabeth Podnieks and Andrea O’Reilly. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2010; 365-370.

O'Reilly, A. “Outlaw(ing) Motherhood: A Theory and Politic of Maternal Empowerment for the 21st Century.” Motherhood at the 21st Century: Identity, Experience, Agency, Policy, Columbia University Press, 2009.

O'Reilly, A. “Introduction.” From the Personal to the Political: Towards a New Theory of Maternal Narrative. With Silvia Caporale-Bizzini. Susquehanna University Press, 2009.

O'Reilly, A. “Biting the Hand that Feeds You: New Momism and the Motherhood Memoir.” From the Personal to the Political: Towards a New Theory of Maternal Narrative. With Silvia Caporale-Bizzini. Susquehanna University Press, 2009.

“Introduction.” Maternal Thinking: Philosophy, Politics, Practice. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2009; 1-13.

“A Conversation with Sara Ruddick.” Maternal Thinking: Philosophy, Politics. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2009; 14-38.

“The Motherhood Memoir and the ‘New Momism’: Biting the Hand that Feeds You.” From the Personal to the Political: Towards a New Theory of Maternal Narrative. Eds. Andrea O’Reilly and Silvia Caporale-Bizzini. Susquehanna University Press, 2009; 238-248.

“Foreword, ‘Everyday Acts’: The Politic, Praxis and Pedagogy of Feminist Mothering.” Feminist Mothering in Theory and Practice, 1985-1995: A Study in Transformative Politics. Fiona Green, Mellen Press, (Invited), 2009; pp. i-vi.

“Introduction.” Feminist Mothering. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Albany: SUNY Press, 2008.

O'Reilly, A. “‘That is what feminism is: the acting and living, not just the told’: Modeling and Mentoring Feminism.” Feminist Mothering. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Albany: SUNY Press, 2008, pp. 191-202.

“Introduction.” Maternal Theory: Essential Readings. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2007, pp. 1-6.

“Feminist Mothering.” Maternal Theory: Essential Readings. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2007, pp. 792-822.

O'Reilly, A. “You Can Get There from Here: Celebrating 25 Years of Bridging Courses for Women at York University.” Educating Women Conference, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia,February 2007.

O'Reilly, A. “Feminist Theory on Mothers and Sons.” Women’s World Today International Conference: Tromso, Norway, July 1999.

O'Reilly, A. “Feminist Perspectives on Mothering: Power and Oppression.” Gendered Intersections: An Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies. Eds. Lesley Biggs and Pamela Down. Halifax:Fernwood Publishing, 2005.

O'Reilly, A. “Forward.” Parenting and Professing: Balancing Family Work with an Academic Career. Ed. Rachel Hile-Basett. Nashville: University of Vanderbilt Press, 2005, pp. xii-xvii.

“Introduction.” Motherhood: Power and Oppression. Eds. Andrea O’Reilly, Marie Porter and Patricia Short. Toronto: Women’s Press, 2005, pp. 1-22.

“(Mis)Conceptions: Reproductive Power and Loss in the Fiction of Toni Morrison.” Motherhood: Power and Oppression. Eds. Andrea O’Reilly, Marie Porter and Patricia Short. Toronto: Women’s Press, 2005, pp.125-136.

“Mothers, Daughters, and Feminism Today: Empowerment, Agency, Narrative and Motherline.” Feminisms and Womanisms: Foundations, Theories and Praxis. Eds. Althea Prince and Susan-Silva Wayne. Toronto: Women’s Press, 2004, pp. 207-214. (Reprint)

O'Reilly, A. “‘Ain’t That Love?’: Anti-Racism and Racial Constructions of Motherhood.” Introduction to Ethnic Studies. Eds. Brina Baker et al. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 2004,pp.181-188. (Reprint)

“Introduction.” From Motherhood to Mothering: The Legacy of Adrienne Rich’s Of Woman Born. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Albany: SUNY Press, 2004, pp.1-23.

“Mothering Against Motherhood and the Possibility of Empowered Maternity for Mothers and their Children.” From Motherhood to Mothering: The Legacy of Adrienne Rich’s Of Woman Born. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Albany: SUNY Press, 2004, pp.159-174.

“‘We were conspirators, outlaws from the institution of motherhood’: Mothering Against Motherhood and the Possibility of Empowered Mothering.” Mother Outlaws: Theories and Practices of Empowered Mothering. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto: Women’s Press, 2004, pp.59- 75. (Reprint)

“Introduction.” Mother Outlaws: Theories and Practices of Empowered Mothering. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto: Women’s Press, 2004, pp. 1-28.

“Mothering Against Motherhood and the Possibility of Empowered Mothering.” Mother Outlaws:Theories and Practices of Empowered Mothering. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto: Women’s Press,2004, pp. 59-74. (Reprint)

“A Politics of the Heart: African American Womanist Thought on Mothering.” Mother Outlaws: Theories and Practices of Empowered Mothering. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto: Women’s Press, 2004, pp. 171-192. (Reprint)

“Across the Divide: Contemporary Anglo-American Feminist Theory on The Mother-Daughter Relationship.” Mother Outlaws: Theories and Practices of Empowered Mothering. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto: Women’s Press, 2004, pp. 243-262. (Reprint)

“Introduction.” Mother Matters: Motherhood as Discourse and Practice. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto: ARM Press, 2004, pp. 11-26.

“Labour Signs: The Semiotics of Birthing.” Mother Matters: Motherhood as Discourse and Practice. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto: ARM Press, 2004, pp. 29-36. (Reprint)

O'Reilly, A. “Writing out of the Margins: Maternity, Marginality and the Emergence of a Maternal Kuntersromanne.” Preface to Portrait of an Artist as a Mother. Ed. Nancy Gerber. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2003, pp. ix-xiv.

O'Reilly, A. “What’s A Girl Like You Doing in a Nice Place Like This?: Being a Mother in the Academe.” Women in the Canadian Academic Tundra: Trials and Tribulations. Ed. Elana Hannah. Kingston: Queen’s University Press, 2002.

“Introduction.” Mothers and Sons: Feminism, Masculinity and the Struggle to Raise our Sons. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. New York: Routledge Press, 2001, pp. 1-21.

“In Black and White: African American and Anglo-American Feminist Perspectives on the Mother-Son Relationship.” Mothers and Sons: Feminism, Masculinity and the Struggle to Raise our Sons. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. New York: Routledge Press, 2001, pp. 91-118.

“‘I come from a long line of uppity irate black women’: African American Feminism on Motherhood.” Mothers and Daughters: Connection, Empowerment and Transformation. Eds. Andrea O’Reilly and Sharon Abbey. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000, pp. 143-159.

“Introduction” (with Sharon Abbey). Mothers and Daughters: Connection, Empowerment and Transformation. Eds. Andrea O’Reilly and Sharon Abbey. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000, pp. 1-18.

“Mothers, Daughters, and Feminism Today: Empowerment, Agency, Narrative and Motherline.” Canadian Woman Studies: An Introductory Reader. Eds. Nuzhat Amin et al. Toronto: Inanna Publications, 1999, pp. 495-504. (reprint)

O'Reilly, A. Review Essay on Black Women. Reader's Guide to Women's Studies. Ed. Eleanor Amico. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1998, pp. 78-79.

"‘Ain't that love?’: Anti-Racism and Racial Constructions of Motherhood.” Everyday Acts Against Racism: Raising Children in a Multiracial World. Ed. Maureen Reddy. Seattle, Washington: Seal Press, 1996, pp. 88-98.

O'Reilly, A. “Talking Back in Mother Tongue: A Feminist Course on Mothering-Motherhood.” Feminism and Education. Vol. 2. Ed. Paula T. Bourne. Toronto: Canadian Women's Studies Educational Press,1994, pp. 221-241.

O'Reilly, A. “‘Ain't I a mother?’: Motherhood and Mother-Daughter Relationships in Toni Morrison's Beloved.” AFRAM Newsletter: Special Issue on Toni Morrison's Beloved. (October 1993) , pp. 67-76.

Journal Articles

O'Reilly, A. “Reading Sara Ruddick’s Maternal Thinking.” Women’s Studies Quarterly; Special Issue on Motherhood. Fall/Winter 2009, (accepted).

O'Reilly, A. “‘I discovered more than book knowledge’: York University’s Bridging Program for Women.” Atlantis. Vol, 33.2 (Winter 2009) 43-52.

“‘I envision a future in which maternal thinkers are respected and self-respecting’: The Legacy of Sara Ruddick’s Maternal Thinking.” Women’s Studies Quarterly 37: 3 & 4 (Fall/Winter 2009); 291-294.

O'Reilly, A. “Between the Baby and the Bathwater: Some Thoughts on a Mother-Centred Theory and Practice of Feminist Mothering.” Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering 8.1 & 8.2 (Summer 2006), pp. 323-330.

“Labour Signs: The Semiotics of Birthing.” Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, 3.1. (Spring/Summer 2001) , pp. 216-223.

O'Reilly, A. “A Mom and her Son: Feminist Thoughts on Mothering.” Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, 2.1 (Spring/Summer 2001), pp. 179-193.

O'Reilly, A. “Maternal Resistance and Redemption in Toni Morrison’s Paradise.” Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, 1.1 (Spring/Summer 1999), pp. 187-195.

O, Reilly, A.“Mothers, Daughters, and Feminism Today: Empowerment, Agency, Narrative and Motherline.” Canadian Woman Studies. 2 & 3 (Summer/Fall 1998), pp. 16-21.

O'Reilly, A. “‘In search of my mother's garden, I found my own’: Mother-love, Healing, and Identity in Toni Morrison's Jazz.” African American Review. (Fall 1996) , pp. 367-378.

“‘Ain't I a mother?’: Motherhood and Mother-Daughter Relationships in Toni Morrison's Beloved.” AFRAM Newsletter: Special Issue on Toni Morrison's Beloved. (October 1993) , pp. 67-76.

O'Reilly, A. “Geography and Symbolism in Wuthering Heights” (with Prof. Simpson-Housley). The Bronte Society Transactions. (Winter 1990)

O'Reilly, A. “Conceived in a Lesbian Embrace, Born From the Body: These Our Mothers as A Mother's Becoming in the Wor(l)d.” Rampike. 10.1 (Winter 1989).

“Feminizing Feminism: Constance Beresford-Howe and the Quest for Female Freedom.” Canadian Woman Studies. 8.3 (Fall 1987), pp. 69-72.

Conference Papers

“Sara Ruddick’s Maternal Thinking.” The Mother Symposium, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, February 26, 2010.

O'Reilly, A. “Cross Cultural Perspectives on Motherhood” “Motherhood and the Family.” Aboriginal Health & Wellness Conference, British Columbia, February 2008.

O'Reilly, A. “‘The most liberating thing that ever happened to me’: Modernity, Motherhood, and Morrison’s ‘Politics of the Heart’.” 4th Bi-Annual Toni Morrison Conference, Charleston, South Carolina, July 2008.

O'Reilly, A. “I’m gonna show you that I’m good and I can do the work, but you’re gonna get this whole package deal”: The Maternal Wall and Strategies of Resistance in the Academe.” Women’s Worlds Conference, Madrid Spain, July 2008.

O'Reilly, A. “From the Personal to the Political: Towards a New Reading of the Maternal Narrative.” Performing Feminist Motherhood, ARM and Mamapalooza Conference, New York, New York, 2008.

“‘A Rooms of One’s Own’: The Emergence of Motherhood Studies.” International Motherhood Summit: From a Motherless Society to the Symbolic Order of the Mother, Karlsruhe, Germany, June 2008.

“Troubling Maternity: Transgressive Motherhood in Cherri Moraga’s Waiting in the Wings: a portrait of queer motherhood.” Inkanationas Conference on Latin American Studies, Lima, Peru, August 2007.

“Worth it in the End: the Risks and Rewards of Feminist Mothering.” Congress. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, May 2007.

“Being a Mother in Academe.” Congress. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, May 2007.

“Worth it in the End: the Risks and Rewards of Feminist Mothering.” Gender and Generations Conference, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, March 2007.

“You Can Get There from Here: Celebrating 25 Years of Bridging Courses for Women at York University.” Educating Women Conference, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, February 2007.

“You Can Get There from Here: Celebrating 25 Years of Bridging Courses for Women at York University.” Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 2007.

“The Motherhood Memoir and the ‘New Momism’: Biting the Hand that Feeds You.” Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 2007; University Of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal, December 2006; Association for Research on Mothering 10th Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario, October 2006.

“Feminist Mothering and the Motherhood Memoir.” University of Northern Cyprus, Famagusta, Northern Cyprus, April 2006.

“York University’s Bridging Program for Women.” University of Northern Cyprus, Famagusta, Northern Cyprus, April 2006.

“Feminist Mothering: Possibilities and Challenges.” Feminisms: Within and Without: University of Galway, Galway, Ireland, July 2005.

“Feminist Mothering of Daughters.” Gendering Transformations: University of Crete, Rethimno, Greece, May 2005.

“Roundtable on Mothers in Academia.” National Women’s Studies Conference, Orlando, Florida, June 2004.

“From Motherhood to Mothering: The Possibility of Empowered Maternity.” Association for Research on Mothering conference Motherhood and Feminism: York University, Toronto, Ontario, October 2004.

“Mother Outlaws: Reflections On Empowered Mothering.” LEARNEDS: Winnipeg Manitoba, May 2004.

“From Motherhood to Mothering: Feminist Theory on Motherhood.” Humanities Association International Annual Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 2004.

“From Patriarchal Motherhood to Feminist Mothering.” National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 2003.

“Unmasking Motherhood: A Critique of the Discourse Of Intensive Mothering.” Mothering and Work: Association for Research on Mothering, York University, Toronto, Ontario, May 2003.

“Dispatches from the Motherline.” Mothering and Teaching in the Academe: Association for Research on Mothering, York University, Toronto, Ontario, May 2002.

“Politics of the Heart: Toni Morrison on Motherhood.” Cross Routes; International Conference on African American Literature: Sardinia, Italy, March 2001.

“Maternal Redemption and Resistance in Toni Morrison’s Paradise.” Second Bi-annual Conference of the Toni Morrison Society: ‘Meanings of Home’: Loraine, Ohio, September 2000.

“Feminism, Masculinity and the Struggle to Raise Our Sons.” Twelfth Annual Conference on Men and Masculinity: Colorado Springs, Colorado, August 2000.

“Toni Morrison on Motherhood.” Mothering in the African Diaspora Conference: York University: Toronto, Ontario, February 2000.

Public Lectures

O'Reilly, A. “‘A Rooms of One’s Own’: The Emergence of Motherhood Studies.” International Motherhood Summit: From a Motherless Society to the Symbolic Order of the Mother, Karlsruhe, Germany, June 2008.

Forthcoming

Being and Thinking as an Academic Mother: Theory and Narrative. With Linn O’Brien Hallstein. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2011, (Under Contract).

O'Reilly, A. 21st Century Motherhood: Experience, Identity, Policy, Agency. Columbia University Press, 2010, (in press, May); 384 pages.

O'Reilly, A. *You Say You Want a Revolution: The Motherhood Movement of the 21st Century. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2010, (in press, July).

O'Reilly, A. The Palin Factor: Political Mothers and Public Motherhood in the 21st Century. With Deirdre Condit. Demeter Press, 2010, (Under Contract).

O'Reilly, A. 21st Century Motherhood: Experience, Identity, Policy, Agency. Columbia University Press, 2010, (in press, May); 384 pages.

O'Reilly, A. 20th Anniversary of Sara Ruddick’s Maternal Thinking. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2009, (Under Contract).

O;Reilly, A. “Introduction.” Motherhood at the 21st Century: Identity, Experience, Policy, Agency. Columbia University Press, 2009.

Current Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2014-2015 AP/GWST2513 6.0  Mothering and Motherhood  LECT Course Website 
Fall 2014 AP/GWST3563 3.0  The Monstrous Maternal in Literature: Writings on Motherhood and Reproduction LECT Course Website 


Andrea O'Reilly, PhD, Professor in the School of Women's Studies at York University is co-editor/editor of twelve books on Motherhood: Redefining Motherhood: Changing Identities and Patterns (Second Story Press, 1998), Mothers and Daughters: Connection, Empowerment and Transformation (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000), Mothers and Sons: Feminism, Masculinity and the Struggle to Raise our Sons (Routledge Press 2001), From Motherhood to Mothering: The Legacy of Adrienne Rich's Of Woman Born (SUNY, 2004), Mother Outlaws: Theories and Practices of Empowered Mothering (Women's Press, 2004), Mother Matters: Mothering as Discourse and Practice (ARM Press, 2004), Motherhood: Power and Oppression (Women's Press, 2005), You Can Get There From Here: 25 Years of Bridging Courses for Women at York University (School of Women's Studies, York University, 2006), Maternal Theory: Essential Readings (Demeter Press, 2007) and Feminist Mothering (forthcoming, SUNY 2008). Her forthcoming books include From Personal to Political: Towards a New Theory of Maternal Narrative. With Silvia Caporale-Bizzini. (In Press), Susquehanna University Press, 2009, Maternal Texts/Textual Mothers: Motherhood in 20th and 21st Century Women’s Literature. With Elizabeth Podnieks. (Forthcoming, Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2008) and Motherhood at the 21st Century: Policy, Experience, Identity, Agency. She is currently completing the 20th Anniversary of Sara Ruddick’s Maternal Thinking and writing a monograph on being a mother in the academe.


Recently, Andrea O’Reilly was invited to serve as General Editor for the first-ever Encyclopedia of Mothering. The three volume (700 entries) encyclopedia will be published by Sage Press, (2010).

O'Reilly is author of Toni Morrison and Motherhood: A Politics of the Heart, (SUNY, 2004) and Rocking the Cradle: Thoughts on Motherhood, Feminism, and the Possibility of Empowered Mothering (Demeter Press, 2006).

In 1991 she designed the first university course on Motherhood in Canada. O'Reilly is founder and director of The Association for Research on Mothering, (ARM) wwww.yorku.ca/arm. Founded in 1998, ARM is the first feminist research association on the topic of mothering-motherhood and has more than 500 members worldwide. As well, Dr. O’Reilly is founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, the first, and still only, scholarly journal on motherhood. Both ARM and its journal are recognized worldwide as the leading research centre/journal on Motherhood. In 2005 she launched Demeter Press, the first feminist press on motherhood. She is founder and director of “Mother Outlaws,” a feminist mother group.

In the last eleven years she has received fifteen Social Science Humanities Research Council of Canada grants including eleven SSHRCC conference grants, one (three year) SSHRCC journal grant, a SSHRCC IOF grant and two (three year) SSHRCC standard grants. Her current research projects include a three year SSHRCC funded research project on “Being a Mother in the Academe” and another SSHRCC funded project on “Mother Centres, Feminist Pedagogy, and Young Motherhood: Creating Empowerment Programming for Young Mothers”. Dr. O’Reilly has presented her research at more than 50 conferences in over a dozen countries and was a keynote speaker at the National Women’s Studies Conference in 2006; likewise, she has given numerous talks at universities across North America and Europe and has been interviewed widely on the topic of motherhood including appearances on “The Agenda,” “More to Life,” “Planet Parent,” “Canadian Living Television,” “Chatelaine Magazine,” “Sex TV,” “The Star,” “The National Post,” “The Globe and Mail,” and “CBC Radio. In 1998 she was the recipient of the University wide "Teacher of the Year" award at York University, and in 2007 she was granted the Dean’s award for “Outstanding Research.”

In November 2008 Andrea O'Reilly will be at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University under the Lillian Robinson Fellowship. Click here to find out more: http://artsandscience1.concordia.ca/wsdb/lrobinsonscholars

She and her common-law spouse are the parents of three children, a son, 23 and two daughters, 18 and 21.

Area of Specialization

Women's Studies


Degrees

Ph.D., English, York University
M.A., English, York University
B.A., English and Women's Studies, York University

Professional Leadership

Offices in Professional Organizations
2008 Co-Founder, Museum of Motherhood. In 2008 ARM and The Motherhood Foundation launched the Museum of Motherhood Initiative. The virtual museum was established in 2009, and in 2011 the building will open in Seneca Falls.

2008 Co-Founder, International Mothers Network. Established in 2008, the IMN is a consortium of 30 plus motherhood organizations around the world.

2006 Founder and Editor at Large of Demeter Press. Demeter is the first press on motherhood. In its first four years Demeter has published eleven books and has another eighteen in production or under contract.

2003 Founder of Feminist Mother Group, “Mother Outlaws”. The group currently has 100 plus members in the Toronto area. Mother Outlaws groups have now been established in several cities in Canada and the United States.

2001 Invited Executive Member, Mothers’ Task Force, Institute for American Values, New York.

2001 Invited Member, Research Group for Mothers’ Project, “Toward Peace in the Mommy Wars”, Institute for American Values, New York.

1998 Founding Director of the Association for Research on Mothering (ARM), the first feminist organization on the topic of motherhood; an international professional association with 550 memberships from more than 15 countries.

1998 Founding and Managing Editor, Journal of The Association for Research on Mothering.

1998 Guest editor, 20th anniversary double issue “Mothers and Daughters.” Canadian Woman Studies, Vol. 18, No. 2 & 3 (Summer/Fall 1998).


Research Interests:

Women's Studies , Family , Culture and Cultural Studies , Motherhood, Gender issues, Mothers in Popular Culture

Current Research Projects

  • Being a Mother in Academia
    Project Type: Funded
    Funders: 
    SSHRC Standard Research Grant
  • Maternal Health and Well-being
    Project Type: Funded
    Funders: 
    Workshops and Conference (SSHRC)
  • Mother Centres, Feminist Pedagogy, and Young Motherhood: Creating Empowerment Programming for Young Mothers
    Project Type: Funded
    Funders: 
    IOF (International Opportunities Fund) (SSHRC)
  • Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering
    Project Type: Funded
    Funders: 
    Research and Transfer Journals (SSHRC)
  • Grandmothers and Grandmothering Conference
    Project Type: Funded
    Funders: 
    Workshops and Conference (SSHRC)
  • Project
    Project Type: Funded
    Funders: 
    Minor Research Grant (York University)
  • Project
    Project Type: Funded
    Funders: 
    Specific Research Grant(Non Leave) (York University)
  • Project
    Project Type: Funded
    Funders: 
    Minor Research Grant (York University)
  • Project
    Project Type: Funded
    Funders: 
    Specific Research Grant(Non Leave) (York University)
  • Project
    Project Type: Funded
    Funders: 
    Aid to Research Workshop (York University)

Selected Publications

O'Reilly, A. “Feminist Perspectives on Mothering: Power and Oppression.” Gendered Intersections: An Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies. Eds. Lesley Biggs and Pamela Down. Halifax:Fernwood Publishing, 2005.

O'Reilly, A. “‘That is what feminism is: the acting and living, not just the told’: Modeling and Mentoring Feminism.” Feminist Mothering. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Albany: SUNY Press, 2008, pp. 191-202.

“Introduction.” Maternal Theory: Essential Readings. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2007, pp. 1-6.

“Feminist Mothering.” Maternal Theory: Essential Readings. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2007, pp. 792-822.

O'Reilly, A. Rocking the Cradle: Thoughts on Motherhood, Feminism and The Possibility of Empowered Mothering. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2006: 206 pages.

All Publications

Books

O'Reilly, A. Textual Mothers, Maternal Texts: Motherhood in Contemporary Women’s Literatures. With Elizabeth Podnieks. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2010; 418 pages.

O'Reilly, A. From the Personal to Political: Towards a New Theory of Maternal Narrative. With Silvia Caporale-Bizzini. Selinsgrove, PA: Susquehanna University Press, 2009; 264 pages.

O'Reilly A. Maternal Thinking: Philosophy, Politics, Practice. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2009; 274 pages.

“Maternal Authority and Social Acceptability of Children; Feminist Mothering as Maternal Practice” Maternal Thinking: Philosophy, Politics, Practice. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2009; 217-229.

O'Reilly A. Feminist Mothering. Albany: SUNY Press, 2008; 287 pages.

O'Reilly, A. Maternal Theory: Essential Readings. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2007; 846 pages.

O'Reilly, A. Rocking the Cradle: Thoughts on Motherhood, Feminism and The Possibility of Empowered Mothering. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2006: 206 pages.

O'Reilly, A. *You Can Get There from Here: Celebrating 25 Years of Bridging Courses for Women at York University. With Ruby Newman. Toronto: School of Women’s Studies, York University, 2006; 215 pages.

O'Reilly, A. Motherhood: Power and Oppression. With Marie Porter and Patricia Short. Toronto: Women’s Press, 2005; 300 pages.

O'Reilly, A. Toni Morrison and Motherhood: A Politics of the Heart. Albany: SUNY Press, 2004.

O'Reilly, A. Mother Matters: Motherhood as Discourse and Practice. Toronto: ARM Press, 2004; 257 pages.

O'Reilly, A. Mother Outlaws: Theories and Practices of Empowered Mothering. Toronto: Women’s Press, 2004; 441 pages.

O'Reilly, A. From Motherhood to Mothering: The Legacy of Adrienne Rich’s Of Woman Born. Albany: SUNY Press, 2004; 251 pages.

O'Reilly, A. Mothers and Sons: Feminism, Masculinity and the Struggle to Raise our Sons. New York: Routledge Press, 2001; 280 pages.

O'Reilly, A. Mothers and Daughters: Connection, Empowerment and Transformation. With Sharon Abbey. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000; 302 pages.

O'Reilly, A. Redefining Motherhood: Changing Identities and Patterns. With Sharon Abbey. Toronto: Second Story Press, 1998; 339 pages.

Book Chapters

“Introduction.” (with Liz Podnieks) Textual Mothers, Maternal Texts: Motherhood in Contemporary Women’s Literatures Textual Mothers. Eds. Elizabeth Podnieks and Andrea O’Reilly. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2010; 1-28.

“Biting the Hand that Feeds You: New Momism and the Motherhood Memoir.” Textual Mothers, Maternal Texts: Motherhood in Contemporary Women’s Texts: Representations of Mothering in Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Literature. Eds. Elizabeth Podnieks and Andrea O’Reilly. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2010, (Reprint); 201-212.

“Coda: ‘Stories to Live By’: Maternal Literatures and Motherhood Studies.” Textual Mothers, Maternal Texts: Motherhood in Contemporary Women’s Literatures. Eds. Elizabeth Podnieks and Andrea O’Reilly. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2010; 365-370.

O'Reilly, A. “Outlaw(ing) Motherhood: A Theory and Politic of Maternal Empowerment for the 21st Century.” Motherhood at the 21st Century: Identity, Experience, Agency, Policy, Columbia University Press, 2009.

O'Reilly, A. “Introduction.” From the Personal to the Political: Towards a New Theory of Maternal Narrative. With Silvia Caporale-Bizzini. Susquehanna University Press, 2009.

O'Reilly, A. “Biting the Hand that Feeds You: New Momism and the Motherhood Memoir.” From the Personal to the Political: Towards a New Theory of Maternal Narrative. With Silvia Caporale-Bizzini. Susquehanna University Press, 2009.

“Introduction.” Maternal Thinking: Philosophy, Politics, Practice. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2009; 1-13.

“A Conversation with Sara Ruddick.” Maternal Thinking: Philosophy, Politics. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2009; 14-38.

“The Motherhood Memoir and the ‘New Momism’: Biting the Hand that Feeds You.” From the Personal to the Political: Towards a New Theory of Maternal Narrative. Eds. Andrea O’Reilly and Silvia Caporale-Bizzini. Susquehanna University Press, 2009; 238-248.

“Foreword, ‘Everyday Acts’: The Politic, Praxis and Pedagogy of Feminist Mothering.” Feminist Mothering in Theory and Practice, 1985-1995: A Study in Transformative Politics. Fiona Green, Mellen Press, (Invited), 2009; pp. i-vi.

“Introduction.” Feminist Mothering. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Albany: SUNY Press, 2008.

O'Reilly, A. “‘That is what feminism is: the acting and living, not just the told’: Modeling and Mentoring Feminism.” Feminist Mothering. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Albany: SUNY Press, 2008, pp. 191-202.

“Introduction.” Maternal Theory: Essential Readings. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2007, pp. 1-6.

“Feminist Mothering.” Maternal Theory: Essential Readings. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2007, pp. 792-822.

O'Reilly, A. “You Can Get There from Here: Celebrating 25 Years of Bridging Courses for Women at York University.” Educating Women Conference, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia,February 2007.

O'Reilly, A. “Feminist Theory on Mothers and Sons.” Women’s World Today International Conference: Tromso, Norway, July 1999.

O'Reilly, A. “Feminist Perspectives on Mothering: Power and Oppression.” Gendered Intersections: An Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies. Eds. Lesley Biggs and Pamela Down. Halifax:Fernwood Publishing, 2005.

O'Reilly, A. “Forward.” Parenting and Professing: Balancing Family Work with an Academic Career. Ed. Rachel Hile-Basett. Nashville: University of Vanderbilt Press, 2005, pp. xii-xvii.

“Introduction.” Motherhood: Power and Oppression. Eds. Andrea O’Reilly, Marie Porter and Patricia Short. Toronto: Women’s Press, 2005, pp. 1-22.

“(Mis)Conceptions: Reproductive Power and Loss in the Fiction of Toni Morrison.” Motherhood: Power and Oppression. Eds. Andrea O’Reilly, Marie Porter and Patricia Short. Toronto: Women’s Press, 2005, pp.125-136.

“Mothers, Daughters, and Feminism Today: Empowerment, Agency, Narrative and Motherline.” Feminisms and Womanisms: Foundations, Theories and Praxis. Eds. Althea Prince and Susan-Silva Wayne. Toronto: Women’s Press, 2004, pp. 207-214. (Reprint)

O'Reilly, A. “‘Ain’t That Love?’: Anti-Racism and Racial Constructions of Motherhood.” Introduction to Ethnic Studies. Eds. Brina Baker et al. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 2004,pp.181-188. (Reprint)

“Introduction.” From Motherhood to Mothering: The Legacy of Adrienne Rich’s Of Woman Born. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Albany: SUNY Press, 2004, pp.1-23.

“Mothering Against Motherhood and the Possibility of Empowered Maternity for Mothers and their Children.” From Motherhood to Mothering: The Legacy of Adrienne Rich’s Of Woman Born. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Albany: SUNY Press, 2004, pp.159-174.

“‘We were conspirators, outlaws from the institution of motherhood’: Mothering Against Motherhood and the Possibility of Empowered Mothering.” Mother Outlaws: Theories and Practices of Empowered Mothering. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto: Women’s Press, 2004, pp.59- 75. (Reprint)

“Introduction.” Mother Outlaws: Theories and Practices of Empowered Mothering. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto: Women’s Press, 2004, pp. 1-28.

“Mothering Against Motherhood and the Possibility of Empowered Mothering.” Mother Outlaws:Theories and Practices of Empowered Mothering. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto: Women’s Press,2004, pp. 59-74. (Reprint)

“A Politics of the Heart: African American Womanist Thought on Mothering.” Mother Outlaws: Theories and Practices of Empowered Mothering. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto: Women’s Press, 2004, pp. 171-192. (Reprint)

“Across the Divide: Contemporary Anglo-American Feminist Theory on The Mother-Daughter Relationship.” Mother Outlaws: Theories and Practices of Empowered Mothering. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto: Women’s Press, 2004, pp. 243-262. (Reprint)

“Introduction.” Mother Matters: Motherhood as Discourse and Practice. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto: ARM Press, 2004, pp. 11-26.

“Labour Signs: The Semiotics of Birthing.” Mother Matters: Motherhood as Discourse and Practice. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Toronto: ARM Press, 2004, pp. 29-36. (Reprint)

O'Reilly, A. “Writing out of the Margins: Maternity, Marginality and the Emergence of a Maternal Kuntersromanne.” Preface to Portrait of an Artist as a Mother. Ed. Nancy Gerber. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2003, pp. ix-xiv.

O'Reilly, A. “What’s A Girl Like You Doing in a Nice Place Like This?: Being a Mother in the Academe.” Women in the Canadian Academic Tundra: Trials and Tribulations. Ed. Elana Hannah. Kingston: Queen’s University Press, 2002.

“Introduction.” Mothers and Sons: Feminism, Masculinity and the Struggle to Raise our Sons. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. New York: Routledge Press, 2001, pp. 1-21.

“In Black and White: African American and Anglo-American Feminist Perspectives on the Mother-Son Relationship.” Mothers and Sons: Feminism, Masculinity and the Struggle to Raise our Sons. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. New York: Routledge Press, 2001, pp. 91-118.

“‘I come from a long line of uppity irate black women’: African American Feminism on Motherhood.” Mothers and Daughters: Connection, Empowerment and Transformation. Eds. Andrea O’Reilly and Sharon Abbey. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000, pp. 143-159.

“Introduction” (with Sharon Abbey). Mothers and Daughters: Connection, Empowerment and Transformation. Eds. Andrea O’Reilly and Sharon Abbey. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2000, pp. 1-18.

“Mothers, Daughters, and Feminism Today: Empowerment, Agency, Narrative and Motherline.” Canadian Woman Studies: An Introductory Reader. Eds. Nuzhat Amin et al. Toronto: Inanna Publications, 1999, pp. 495-504. (reprint)

O'Reilly, A. Review Essay on Black Women. Reader's Guide to Women's Studies. Ed. Eleanor Amico. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1998, pp. 78-79.

"‘Ain't that love?’: Anti-Racism and Racial Constructions of Motherhood.” Everyday Acts Against Racism: Raising Children in a Multiracial World. Ed. Maureen Reddy. Seattle, Washington: Seal Press, 1996, pp. 88-98.

O'Reilly, A. “Talking Back in Mother Tongue: A Feminist Course on Mothering-Motherhood.” Feminism and Education. Vol. 2. Ed. Paula T. Bourne. Toronto: Canadian Women's Studies Educational Press,1994, pp. 221-241.

O'Reilly, A. “‘Ain't I a mother?’: Motherhood and Mother-Daughter Relationships in Toni Morrison's Beloved.” AFRAM Newsletter: Special Issue on Toni Morrison's Beloved. (October 1993) , pp. 67-76.

Journal Articles

O'Reilly, A. “Reading Sara Ruddick’s Maternal Thinking.” Women’s Studies Quarterly; Special Issue on Motherhood. Fall/Winter 2009, (accepted).

O'Reilly, A. “‘I discovered more than book knowledge’: York University’s Bridging Program for Women.” Atlantis. Vol, 33.2 (Winter 2009) 43-52.

“‘I envision a future in which maternal thinkers are respected and self-respecting’: The Legacy of Sara Ruddick’s Maternal Thinking.” Women’s Studies Quarterly 37: 3 & 4 (Fall/Winter 2009); 291-294.

O'Reilly, A. “Between the Baby and the Bathwater: Some Thoughts on a Mother-Centred Theory and Practice of Feminist Mothering.” Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering 8.1 & 8.2 (Summer 2006), pp. 323-330.

“Labour Signs: The Semiotics of Birthing.” Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, 3.1. (Spring/Summer 2001) , pp. 216-223.

O'Reilly, A. “A Mom and her Son: Feminist Thoughts on Mothering.” Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, 2.1 (Spring/Summer 2001), pp. 179-193.

O'Reilly, A. “Maternal Resistance and Redemption in Toni Morrison’s Paradise.” Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, 1.1 (Spring/Summer 1999), pp. 187-195.

O, Reilly, A.“Mothers, Daughters, and Feminism Today: Empowerment, Agency, Narrative and Motherline.” Canadian Woman Studies. 2 & 3 (Summer/Fall 1998), pp. 16-21.

O'Reilly, A. “‘In search of my mother's garden, I found my own’: Mother-love, Healing, and Identity in Toni Morrison's Jazz.” African American Review. (Fall 1996) , pp. 367-378.

“‘Ain't I a mother?’: Motherhood and Mother-Daughter Relationships in Toni Morrison's Beloved.” AFRAM Newsletter: Special Issue on Toni Morrison's Beloved. (October 1993) , pp. 67-76.

O'Reilly, A. “Geography and Symbolism in Wuthering Heights” (with Prof. Simpson-Housley). The Bronte Society Transactions. (Winter 1990)

O'Reilly, A. “Conceived in a Lesbian Embrace, Born From the Body: These Our Mothers as A Mother's Becoming in the Wor(l)d.” Rampike. 10.1 (Winter 1989).

“Feminizing Feminism: Constance Beresford-Howe and the Quest for Female Freedom.” Canadian Woman Studies. 8.3 (Fall 1987), pp. 69-72.

Conference Papers

“Sara Ruddick’s Maternal Thinking.” The Mother Symposium, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, February 26, 2010.

O'Reilly, A. “Cross Cultural Perspectives on Motherhood” “Motherhood and the Family.” Aboriginal Health & Wellness Conference, British Columbia, February 2008.

O'Reilly, A. “‘The most liberating thing that ever happened to me’: Modernity, Motherhood, and Morrison’s ‘Politics of the Heart’.” 4th Bi-Annual Toni Morrison Conference, Charleston, South Carolina, July 2008.

O'Reilly, A. “I’m gonna show you that I’m good and I can do the work, but you’re gonna get this whole package deal”: The Maternal Wall and Strategies of Resistance in the Academe.” Women’s Worlds Conference, Madrid Spain, July 2008.

O'Reilly, A. “From the Personal to the Political: Towards a New Reading of the Maternal Narrative.” Performing Feminist Motherhood, ARM and Mamapalooza Conference, New York, New York, 2008.

“‘A Rooms of One’s Own’: The Emergence of Motherhood Studies.” International Motherhood Summit: From a Motherless Society to the Symbolic Order of the Mother, Karlsruhe, Germany, June 2008.

“Troubling Maternity: Transgressive Motherhood in Cherri Moraga’s Waiting in the Wings: a portrait of queer motherhood.” Inkanationas Conference on Latin American Studies, Lima, Peru, August 2007.

“Worth it in the End: the Risks and Rewards of Feminist Mothering.” Congress. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, May 2007.

“Being a Mother in Academe.” Congress. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, May 2007.

“Worth it in the End: the Risks and Rewards of Feminist Mothering.” Gender and Generations Conference, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, March 2007.

“You Can Get There from Here: Celebrating 25 Years of Bridging Courses for Women at York University.” Educating Women Conference, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, February 2007.

“You Can Get There from Here: Celebrating 25 Years of Bridging Courses for Women at York University.” Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 2007.

“The Motherhood Memoir and the ‘New Momism’: Biting the Hand that Feeds You.” Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 2007; University Of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal, December 2006; Association for Research on Mothering 10th Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario, October 2006.

“Feminist Mothering and the Motherhood Memoir.” University of Northern Cyprus, Famagusta, Northern Cyprus, April 2006.

“York University’s Bridging Program for Women.” University of Northern Cyprus, Famagusta, Northern Cyprus, April 2006.

“Feminist Mothering: Possibilities and Challenges.” Feminisms: Within and Without: University of Galway, Galway, Ireland, July 2005.

“Feminist Mothering of Daughters.” Gendering Transformations: University of Crete, Rethimno, Greece, May 2005.

“Roundtable on Mothers in Academia.” National Women’s Studies Conference, Orlando, Florida, June 2004.

“From Motherhood to Mothering: The Possibility of Empowered Maternity.” Association for Research on Mothering conference Motherhood and Feminism: York University, Toronto, Ontario, October 2004.

“Mother Outlaws: Reflections On Empowered Mothering.” LEARNEDS: Winnipeg Manitoba, May 2004.

“From Motherhood to Mothering: Feminist Theory on Motherhood.” Humanities Association International Annual Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 2004.

“From Patriarchal Motherhood to Feminist Mothering.” National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 2003.

“Unmasking Motherhood: A Critique of the Discourse Of Intensive Mothering.” Mothering and Work: Association for Research on Mothering, York University, Toronto, Ontario, May 2003.

“Dispatches from the Motherline.” Mothering and Teaching in the Academe: Association for Research on Mothering, York University, Toronto, Ontario, May 2002.

“Politics of the Heart: Toni Morrison on Motherhood.” Cross Routes; International Conference on African American Literature: Sardinia, Italy, March 2001.

“Maternal Redemption and Resistance in Toni Morrison’s Paradise.” Second Bi-annual Conference of the Toni Morrison Society: ‘Meanings of Home’: Loraine, Ohio, September 2000.

“Feminism, Masculinity and the Struggle to Raise Our Sons.” Twelfth Annual Conference on Men and Masculinity: Colorado Springs, Colorado, August 2000.

“Toni Morrison on Motherhood.” Mothering in the African Diaspora Conference: York University: Toronto, Ontario, February 2000.

Public Lectures

O'Reilly, A. “‘A Rooms of One’s Own’: The Emergence of Motherhood Studies.” International Motherhood Summit: From a Motherless Society to the Symbolic Order of the Mother, Karlsruhe, Germany, June 2008.

Forthcoming

Being and Thinking as an Academic Mother: Theory and Narrative. With Linn O’Brien Hallstein. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2011, (Under Contract).

O'Reilly, A. 21st Century Motherhood: Experience, Identity, Policy, Agency. Columbia University Press, 2010, (in press, May); 384 pages.

O'Reilly, A. *You Say You Want a Revolution: The Motherhood Movement of the 21st Century. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2010, (in press, July).

O'Reilly, A. The Palin Factor: Political Mothers and Public Motherhood in the 21st Century. With Deirdre Condit. Demeter Press, 2010, (Under Contract).

O'Reilly, A. 21st Century Motherhood: Experience, Identity, Policy, Agency. Columbia University Press, 2010, (in press, May); 384 pages.

O'Reilly, A. 20th Anniversary of Sara Ruddick’s Maternal Thinking. Toronto: Demeter Press, 2009, (Under Contract).

O;Reilly, A. “Introduction.” Motherhood at the 21st Century: Identity, Experience, Policy, Agency. Columbia University Press, 2009.


Teaching:

Current Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2014-2015 AP/GWST2513 6.0  Mothering and Motherhood  LECT Course Website 
Fall 2014 AP/GWST3563 3.0  The Monstrous Maternal in Literature: Writings on Motherhood and Reproduction LECT Course Website