McMahon, Jennifer M.



Institutional Affiliations: , ,

Educational/professional/personal background prior to attending CUNY Graduate Center:  BA from Lafayette College; MA from Boston University; paralegal for various law firms; clerk / book repair at the Gotham Book Mart

MA institution/year (if applicable):  Boston University (1994)

Dissertation defense year: 2000

Dissertation topic/title:  The American Colonization of the Philippines and the Self-Examination, Self-Presentation and Re-Presentation of American Identity

Was the diss published as articles/book?  As a book in 2011:  Dead Stars:  American and Philippine Literary Perspectives on the American Colonization of the Philippines (Winner of the 2011 National Book Award in Literary Criticism in the Philippines).



University of Hong Kong, Department of English

            Honorary Assistant Visiting Professor

Sept 11 – May 14
Hunter College, Department of English, New York, New York

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Aug 04 – Dec 08

Aug 02 – May 03;

Hunter College, Department of English,New York, New York

Visiting Assistant Professor

Aug 03 – May 04
University of Hong KongSchool of Professional and Continuing Education, Hong Kong, Lecturer Oct 00 – May 01;

Oct 97 – Dec 97

University of Hong Kong, Department of English, Hong Kong

Creative Administrator, Moving Poetry Project

Dec 00 – May 01
University of Hong Kong, Department of English, Hong Kong


Sep 96 – Jan 98
Lehman College, Department of English, Bronx, New York

Adjunct Lecturer

Sep 94 – Dec 95




Dead Stars:  American and Philippine Literary Perspectives on the American Colonization of the Philippines.  Manila:  University of the Philippines P, 2011.



“’The Mirror’s Cracked World Was Safe No Longer’:  Nick Joaquin’s The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Its Reflections on Early Philippine Literature in English.” [accepted for publication in a Routledge collection of articles re: post World War II Philippine Literature in English, forthcoming 2012]

“Self-Presentation:  American Literature in the Unites States’ Colonial Curriculum in the Philippines.”  Journal of Transnational American Studies 3.2 (2011)

“Martial Law and the Marcoses,” Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literature.  Edinburgh:  Edinburgh UP (2005):  310-11.

“The Spanish-American War,” Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literature.  Edinburgh:  Edinburgh UP (2005):  449.

“Thomasites.” Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literature. Edinburgh:   Edinburgh UP (2005):  459.

Review of Screaming Monkeys:  Critiques of Asian American Images (Minneapolis:  Coffee House Press, 2003).  Philippine Studies 52.4 (2004):  563-65.

“The Malevolence of Benevolent Assimilation:  Cultural Critique in Early Philippine Literature in English,” World Englishes 23.1 (2004):  141-154.

“Teaching American Literature in Hong Kong,” The Heath Anthology Newsletter (Fall 2003).

“The American Dream:  The Use (and Abuse) of American Literature in the Project of Benevolent Assimilation,”  Ruptures and Departures:  Language and Culture in Southeast Asia, University of the Philippines Press (2002).

“Images of America in Paz Marquez Benitez”, Philippine Studies 49 (Second Quarter 2001).

“Postmodernism in Bamboo Scaffolding:  Timothy Mo’s An Insular Possession and Xi Xi’s My City: a Hong Kong Story“, Ariel 32.1(2001).

Review of E. San Juan’s After Postcolonialism:  Remapping Philippines-United States Confrontations.  Journal of Oriental Studies 37.1 (1999).