Lisa M. Caulfield

Academic Director

A first-generation Canadian born in Toronto, Lisa moved to Ireland in 2003. She graduated from the University of Toronto after completing an Honors B.A. in English and history. She also attended Ryerson University where she completed a business diploma in publishing. Lisa has an M.A. in modern Irish literature from the National University (Maynooth, County Kildare) and is in the process of completing her Ph.D. at University College Dublin. Her academic interest focuses upon the role of the mythic hero in Irish literature, drama, art, and poetry. Lisa has worked for Notre Dame International since 2004 and is leading the international efforts situated in the picturesque setting of Kylemore Abbey since 2016.



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Claire J. Brown

Program Manager and Affiliated Scholar

Claire Brown grew up in Logansport, Indiana and graduated summa cum laude from Notre Dame in 2011 with a B.A. in anthropology. While at Notre Dame, she developed her own research project studying the culture surrounding Connemara ponies in Ireland. She continued to study this topic at the graduate level, and is currently a doctoral candidate and National Science Foundation graduate research fellow in cultural anthropology at Binghamton University, State University of New York. Her doctoral dissertation studies the social and cultural contexts of owning, breeding, showing, and selling Connemara ponies, and her broader research interests lie in exploring new ways to theorize relationships between humans and animals in anthropology through perspectives such as biosociality and multispecies ethnography. She has been coming to Ireland each summer since 2008 and has been living in the west of Ireland full-time since 2014. She now works as an affiliated scholar and the academic program manager for the Kylemore Abbey Global Center.