Howard Keeley directs the Center for Irish Research and Teaching at Georgia Southern University, a 27,000-student doctoral-research university in Savannah, Georgia, USA. A native of Dublin, Ireland, he trained as a chef and worked in highend kitchens in Dublin; Palm Beach, Florida; and Atlanta, Georgia. Later, he attended the University of Georgia, where he earned a BA in English, summa cum laude. Howard received a PhD in English from Princeton University, where he was awarded the highest graduate plaudit, the Jacobus Fellowship. Howard has published on such topics as the representation of the house in post-Famine Irish literature. He
co-founded and continues to help lead the grant-funded Wexford-Savannah Axis research project, which investigates the significant County Wexford diaspora in the historic port city of Savannah, Georgia.
Howard is a founding member of the Wexford-Savannah TradeBridge team, which seeks to create economic opportunities for businesses on both sides of the Atlantic. Howard has been intimately involved with the project that, in late 2019, yielded a campus for Georgia Southern University in Wexford Town, and he looks forward to the easing of travel so that that initiative can progress further.