Mary Jane Treacy
Professor of Spanish and Women's Studies, Director of the Undergraduate Honors Program
Since 2000, Professor Treacy has been the Director of the Simmons Honors Program and involved in Honors education through national organizations, such as the National Collegiate Honors Council and the National Association of Fellowship Advisors. In this time, Honors has become a four-year academic program and offers both a formal mentoring program and co-curricular activities with the assistance of a Dean's Fellow.
Professor Treacy's research in the last few years has centered on social movements of the early 20th century in the United States as well as innovative pedagogy to present historical debates in exciting new ways. Through the Reacting to the Past initiative, founded at Barnard College, she has developed a six-week long "game," Greenwich Village 1913: Suffrage, Labor, and the New Woman that brings students back into a pre-war modernity where everything seemed possible, social change was in the very air, and dreams reached new heights. Currently, she uses this game in Women's Studies 204, Roots of Feminism.
Her most recent research has taken her from the streets of New York to the small town of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua where she engaged in a project with Professor Bonita Betters-Reed (SOM) to collect oral histories of elderly sanjuaneños, people who have lived through dictatorship, revolutionary insurrection, Sandinista government, and now a tourist boom in their small town on the Pacific Ocean. Professor Treacy is writing a book on the history/oral history of San Juan del Sur for use in local high schools.
At Simmons, you will find her teaching Honors mentoring courses, Women's Studies and Spanish language. She also give seminars to high school Spanish teachers through the Teachers as Scholars program. There she teaches Latin America, War and Memory as well as Cuba: Conquest, Slavery, and the Forging of Nation.