Mary Jane Kelley

Associate Professor of Spanish

Department of Modern Languages
Ohio University


As Associate Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, I teach graduate courses in medieval, Golden Age, and nineteenth-century literature as well as undergraduate language and introduction to literature classes.  My Spanish 4325, “The History of Art in Spain,” offers undergraduate majors an introduction to art history from the Renaissance to the present day with a focus on analyzing art produced and/or exhibited in Spain.  My recent literary research focuses on thirteenth-century Spanish narrative poetry, and I have published studies in this area in Speculum, La corónica, Hispanic Review, and Hispania.  My work on the early Romance lyric and the Libro de buen amor has also appeared in print.  Since 2007, I have been involved in several projects for development of instructional materials, including coauthoring the second and third editions of the John Wiley and Sons, Inc. textbook Más allá de las palabras.  My extensive administrative experience at Ohio University includes chairing the Department of Modern Languages from 1997-2001, chairing various assessment committees at the departmental and university levels since 1995, shepherding my department’s curricular transition from quarters to semesters in 2009-2011, and coordinating Ohio University’s second-year Spanish program from 2004 to 2012.

Last update 6/15