Associate Professor of Spanish and Chair, Division of Humanities
Dr. McMahon is an Associate Professor of Spanish at Seton Hill University. She received her Ph.D. in Spanish Literature in 2006 from the University of California, Irvine, and she also holds an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, an M.A. in English Literature, and an M.A. in the Teaching of Languages.
Her most recent book is an edited collection titled African Immigrants in Contemporary Spanish Texts: Crossing the Strait (Ashgate Press 2015) and she has also published a study of Clara Janés's Poetry titled Cultural Encounters in Contemporary Spain (Bucknell Press 2010). In addition, she has published articles in Hispania, Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea, Letras Femeninas, and Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature and Culture.
She loves to travel and has lived in, traveled to, or taken students on trips to the following places: Spain, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Morocco, India, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and Germany.
Dr. McMahon is also living proof that it is never too late to learn a language! She did not begin studying Spanish until after graduating from college (she was an English Education and Religious Studies Double Major), so she often tells students that her experience is proof that non-native speakers, even those at or beyond college age, can become experts in a foreign language.
Joined Seton Hill: 2007
Hometown: Sioux Falls, SD
Personal Areas of Interest: Traveling, Eating Out, Reading, and Playing with my Nephews!
Academic Areas of Interest: Spanish Language and Literature; Peninsular Poetry and Film; Immigration; Cultural Studies
- Ph.D., Spanish. University of California, Irvine, 2006
- M.A.T.L. Spanish. University of Southern Mississippi, Morelia, Mexico, 2001
- M.A. English. University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD, 2000
- M.A. Curriculum and Instruction. University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD, 1998
- B.A. English and Religious Studies. Tabor College, Hillsboro, KS, 1996
- 2012 : Invited Symposium Address at the University of Texas at Austin: “Traducción y migración de textos poéticos en la obra de Clara Janés.” UT Austin Poetry Symposium: “Extrañeza, Extranjería, Migración: Poéticas para el Siglo XXI.” Austin, October 26-28, 2012.
- 2012: Invited External Reviewer – Program Evaluation: The University of St. Joseph, Hartford Connecticut. Nov. 6-7, 2012.
- 2011: Seton Hill Student Government Association “Honorary Member of the Month” Award, October 2011. Awarded for support of the goals and activities of SHGA.
- 2008: American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) Award Recipient. First-time Presenter, San José, Costa Rica. July 8-11, 2008.
- 2006: Feministas Unidas Essay Prize for “Women and the Discourse of Underdevelopment in Rosa Chacel’s Memorias de Leticia Valle.” [More Information]
- 2006: P.E.O. Scholar Award
- 2005-2006: Regents’ Dissertation Fellowship, University of California, Irvine
- 2005: Spanish Ministry of Culture Research Grant, Program for Cultural Cooperation [More Information]
- 2005: Research Grant, International Center for Writing and Translation; UCI
- 2004: Best Program Graduate Student Essay Award, UCI: “El hombre salvaje y el
amor ‘civilizador’ en El amante liberal de Cervantes.”
- 2003-2004: Chancellor’s Fellow, University of California, Irvine.
- 2003: National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar:
“Critical Approaches to Hispanic Poetry at the Turn of the Century.”
Led by Andrew P. Debicki and Jill S. Kuhnheim
- 1995: Pew Younger Scholar, Pew Charitable Trusts, University of Notre Dame.
- 1992-1996 National Merit Scholar, Tabor College
- “The Ethics of Memory in Bahia Mahmud Awah’s Spanish-Saharaui Relatos.” 68th Annual KFLC
(Kentucky Foreign Language Conference): Lexington, KY. April 23-25, 2015.
- “Trauma Theory and African Poetics in Spain.” 12th International Conference on New Directions in the
Humanities. Madrid, Spain. San Pablo University. June 11-13, 2014.
- “Situated Writing and Nomadic Poetics: Ritos de jaima (2012) by Limam Boisha.” 67th Annual KFLC
(Kentucky Foreign Language Conference). Lexington, Kentucky. April 10-12, 2014.
- “Poetic Translation and Variables ocultas.” Panel: Artistic Affinities and Feminist Thought in the Works
of Clara Janés. 129th Annual MLA (Modern Language Association). Chicago. January 9-12, 2014.
- “21st Century Spanish Poetry by and about Saharaui Women.” 23rd Annual Conference of the AILCFH
(Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispanica). The Claremont Colleges,
Pomona CA. Oct. 10-12, 2013.
- “Gaming to Learn: Lotería, Bicentenario, and Authentic Cultural Texts through Games.” Western PA
Chapter of the AATSP. Seton Hill University. Saturday, Oct. 5th, 2013. With 1 student presenter –
- “Engaging Cultural Texts and Increasing Oral Proficiency via iPad Apps and Web 2.0 Tools.” 66th
Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC). Lexington, Kentucky. April 18-20,
- “Using iTunesU and iBooks Author to Promote Oral Proficiency in the Modern Language Classroom.”
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Spring Methodology Conference. Chestnut Ridge, PA. April
- “Traducción y migración de textos poéticos en la obra de Clara Janés.” Poetry Symposium: “Extrañeza,
Extranjería, Migración: Poéticas para el Siglo XXI.” University of Texas, Austin. Invited
symposium presentation. Austin, Texas. October 26-28, 2012.
- “Trafficking Texts: Crossing the Straits between Africa and Spain.” Mid-America Conference on
Hispanic Literature (MACHL). October 12-14, 2012. Lincoln, Nebraska.
- “Poemas africanos and the Making/Marketing of Africa in Spanish Poetics.” 65th Annual Kentucky
Foreign Language Conference (KFLC). Lexington, Kentucky. April 19-22, 2012.
- “Poetics of Migration in Spain: Um Draiga (2007) and the Voices of Contemporary Saharaui Poetry.”
Kentucky Foreign Language Conference (KFLC) Annual Convention. Lexington, Kentucky April
- “Encounters with Sinbad: Poetic Visions of Arab African Others in Miriam Jurado’s La muchacha del
mar rojo.” Northeastern Modern Language Association (NEMLA) 41st Annual Convention. Montreal, Canada, April 7-11, 2010.
- “Migration and the Foreign in Contemporary Spanish Poetry: El sueño de Dakhla (Poemas de
Umar Abass) by Manuel Moya.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. Lexington,
Kentucky, April 16-18, 2009.
- “Approaching Borders through Poetic Translation: The Case of Contemporary Spain.” SCMLA
(South Central Modern Language Association). San Antonio, TX. November 6-8, 2008.
- “Service Learning through KIVA Translations in the Intermediate Language Classroom.”
AATSP (American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese). San Juan, Costa
Rica. July 8-11, 2008.
- “The Spanish Migration of an Ancient Islamic Legend: Culture and Mutual Being in Diván del
ópalo de fuego (O la leyenda de Layla y Machnún).” NEMLA (Northeast Modern
Language Association). Buffalo, New York. April 11-13, 2008.
- “Bridging the Island of the Self: Cultural Contact in Clara Janés’s Kampa.” Associación
Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (AILCFH), Sevilla, Spain,
October 24, 2007.
- “Exploring Signs of Self in Clara Janés’s Espacios translúcidos: Translucent, not Transparent
Culture,” University of Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, KY,
April 21st, 2007.
- “El performance de la raza en And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself,” LASA 2006,
San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 15-18.
- “Creating Poetic Space: Poetry in the Films of Saura and Almodovar,” Mid-America
Conference on Hispanic Literatures, UC Boulder, October 2-4, 2003.
- “Peripheral Reflections on Postmodernism in Carlos Saura’s Tango,” Red River Conference
on World Literature, April 25-27th, 2003.