Mary Garland JacksonPosition: Assistant Professor of Spanish
Campus Address: Pearce Hall, Room 313
Phone: (989) 774-3447
Area(s) of Expertise: Latin American Literature, Women Writers
Degrees and Universities
Ph.D. University of Kentucky
M.A. University of Kentucky

Teaching Career

Dr. Jackson began​ her teaching career in Spanish at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania where she taught from 1982 to 1987. She has taught at Central Michigan University for the past 23 years. While a graduate student at the University of Kentucky Dr. Jackson received a Fulbright Fellowship to do doctoral dissertation research in Peru on the prose works of Peruvian women writers. From 1978-1979 she lived in Lima interviewing authors and intellectuals, studied at the Universidad Católica, traveled throughout Peru and also visited La Paz, Bolivia. During the January term of her last year at Gettysburg College she took a group of students to Lima, Peru where she taught a course on the Peruvian Short Story. In addition, she accompanied her students to Cusco, Machu Picchu and Nazca where they learned about many aspects of the ancient Inca Empire. As a study abroad advisor at CMU, Dr. Jackson has had the opportunity to visit study abroad sites in Ecuador and Chile.

Recent Conference Presentations

"The Coming of Age Quest in Vargas Llosa's "Día domingo"-Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference - October, 2010.

"The Rise and Fall of the Gran Señora in Cabello de Carbonera's Realist/Naturalist Novel Blanca Sol"-Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures - May, 2009.

"Binary Opposition in 'Tlactocatzine, del Jardín de Flandes'"-Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures - May, 2006.

Research Areas

Dr. Jackson specializes in Contemporary Latin American Literature and Culture. She enjoys teaching Andean literature, "Boom" literature and the prose writings of Latin American women authors.