Adjunct Professor Marlene Mahony

Marlene Mahony

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty
Kalmanovitz Hall 202


Marlene Mahony earned her doctorate degree in International and Multicultural Education, with a double concentration in Human Rights and Linguistics. Her study investigated The Causes and Cures of Unclear Scholarly Writing, which blended elements of linguistics, rhetoric, critical pedagogy, and scholarly writing.

She also earned her M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction, her M.A. in British Literature, and her B.A. in English. She teaches academic writing, with an emphasis on style, rhetoric, and social justice, at the University of San Francisco and at St. Mary’s College.


  • EdD International and Multicultural Education, University of San Francisco, California, July, 2018. GPA 4.0. Double Concentration: Human Rights Education and Second Language Acquisition. Dissertation title: Investigating the Causes and Cures for Unclear
  • MFA Creative Writing, University of San Francisco, California, December, 2010. Concentration: Creative nonfiction. Manuscript title: Learning to Dance. (A memoir).
  • MA English, San Diego State University, San Diego California, August 1998. Concentration: British Literature. Thesis title: Imaginary Manhood. (Using poststructuralism and psychoanalysis to evaluate masculine identity in Victorian fiction).
  • ESL Certificate. San Diego State University, San Diego, California, May 2000.
  • BA English, University of San Diego, California, May 1992.