Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures — On Leave 2019-2020
For 2019-2020, Professor Boyle has been awarded the Howard Foundation Fellowship for literary studies and will be in residence in Spain at the López Piñero Institute for the History of Science and Medicine as a Fulbright Senior U.S. Scholar.

Margaret Boyle's teaching and research spans the literature and culture of early modern Spain and colonial Latin America, as well as feminist, gender and sexuality studies. She is the author of Unruly Women: Performance, Penitence and Punishment in Early Modern Spain (University of Toronto Press, 2014). Her primary interests include early modern women's literary and cultural history, comedia history and performance, and practices of early modern health and healing.

Professor Boyle is an advocate for diversity and accessibility in K-12 and higher education. She was a convening member of Bowdoin's Accessibility Task Force, and inaugurated the college's annual lecture series in disability and accessibility. She is also the director of Multilingual Mainers, a partnership with the Brunswick School Department in which Bowdoin undergraduates are paired with elementary school classrooms in the study of world languages and cultures. 

Margaret E. Boyle


  • PhD, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Emory University
  • Graduate Certificate, Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Emory University
  • MA, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Emory University
  • BA, Department of Spanish, Reed College