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Maggie O'Brien


MA in French, DePaul University (2020)
BA in French, DePaul University (2019) 


  • ​Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Francophone literature
  • Francophone African, Caribbean and Maghreb literature
  • Diaspora literature
  • Autofiction, childhood memoir and identity formation
  • Community and legal translation
  • Creative writing in French
  • Foreign language pedagogy


Maggie O’Brien began teaching at DePaul in the fall of 2020. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at DePaul and was the first BA/MA student in Modern Languages. Maggie discovered her passion for teaching when she was a graduate teaching assistant in French 102 and 103 and faculty assistant for French 324/424. 

In 2020, Maggie successfully defended her master’s thesis entitled La mise en page de l’enfant déraciné : l’identité, la mémoire et l’autofiction. This analysis compared narratives of displacement in childhood through works of autofiction by Gaël Faye, Gisèle Pineau and Zahia Rahmani. ​

In her free time, Maggie volunteers as a translator. As a DePaul student, she was a project manager and translator for the Translator & Interpreter Corps (TIC), as well as serving on the executive board of the Language Access Coalition (LAC). In these roles, Maggie provided community and legal translation services to respond to the linguistic needs of immigrant, refugee and asylum-seeking communities. Maggie has further experience in legal translation from interning for two summers at an intellectual property law firm in Paris. She has also contributed creative writing pieces and poetry translations to DePaul’s French literary magazine, Mille Feuille.