Eileen Mary O'Connor
Instructor in Spanish
- BA, Harvard College
- MA, New York University
Eileen O’Connor is the Instructor in Theological Spanish for the 2020 Summer Language Program and Instructor in Spanish for the 2020–21 academic year. She has taught literary translation at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Chile, literature and Spanish at Lesley University, and most recently Spanish and writing at Wellesley College.
A translator of fiction, essays and poetry, Eileen’s translations include the novel I Lived on Butterfly Hill (Simon and Schuster, 2014) by Marjorie Agosín, which won the 2015 Pura Belpré Award and was a finalist for the 2014 National Jewish Book Award. Her translation of Agosin’s Harbors of Light was chosen by World Literature Today as one of the top 75 translations of 2016. She also translated the bilingual poetry collection Pez/Fish (Nirala Publications, 2014) by Mariela Dreyfus and her translations of poems from Animal Concert by Blanca Varela (Peru; 1926–2009) appear in the anthology Asymmetries: Anthology of Peruvian Poetry (Cardboard House Press, 2014). She also writes fiction and nonfiction, and is currently revising her first novel.
Eileen’s classroom goals include creating an environment in which students feel supported in their journey toward acquiring the skills they need to understand and communicate in Spanish. She loves to witness her students embrace the joys, challenges and endless possibilities for personal growth that the process of learning another language makes possible.