Margaret Boyle

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies, Bowdoin College
Chapter Member: Maine SSN

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About Margaret

Boyle's teaching and research spans the literature and culture of early modern Spain and colonial Latin America, as well as gender and sexuality studies. Boyle is an advocate for diversity and accessibility in K-12 and higher education. Boyle was a convening member of Bowdoin's Accessibility Task Force, and inaugurated the college's annual lecture series on disability. Boyle is also the director of Multilingual Mainers, an elementary world languages and cultures program for Maine public school students.



Locking Down With Spain

In the News

Opinion: "The Magic of Bilingual Education," Margaret Boyle, The Washington Post, November 30, 2022.
Opinion: "How Dictionaries Define Us: Margaret Boyle and Ilan Stavans in Conversation," Margaret Boyle (with Ilan Stavans), Los Angeles Review of Books, March 30, 2022.
Opinion: "Whose Spanish Anyway," Margaret Boyle, Public Books, May 18, 2020.
Opinion: "How To Cook and Cure: Early Modern Recetas," Margaret Boyle, Nursing Clio, May 17, 2018.


"Health and Healing in the Early Modern Iberian World: A Gendered Perspective" (with Sarah E. Owens) ( University of Toronto Press, 2021).

Interrogates the concepts of "health" and "healing" between 1500 and 1800. Brings forth an interdisciplinary approach to medical history, gender history, and the literature and culture of the early modern Atlantic World, this collection of essays points to the ways in which the practice of medicine, the delivery of healthcare, and the experiences of disease and health are gendered.

Multilingual Mainers.

Through the study of world languages and cultures, this elementary curriculum promotes critical-thinking skills and provides age-appropriate tools to combat xenophobia, racism and intolerance.

"Unruly Women: Performance, Penitence, and Punishment in Early Modern Spain" (University of Toronto Press, 2014).

Explores the contradictory practices of rehabilitation enacted by women both on and off stage.