John Mahon, PhD

Professor of English
Co-editor, Shakespeare Newsletter


BA, Fordham University
MA, Ph.D., Columbia University, 1980
Phone: (914) 633-2060
Teaching interests: Shakespeare, Irish Literature and Sixteenth-Century English literature

John W. Mahon, Emeritus Professor of English, joined the Iona faculty in 1971. He earned his B.A. at Fordham College and his Ph.D. at Columbia University. Recently he completed an M.A. degree in Religious Studies at Sacred Heart University. He has taught Shakespeare, Sixteenth Century Literature, and Irish Literature, as well as the Bible as Literature and the Catholic Novel (British and American). His scholarship includes edited volumes of critical essays and journal articles, especially in The Shakespeare Newsletter, an international journal that he co-edits, published at Iona since Mahon acquired it for the College in 1991. He has also contributed articles to collections of essays on Shakespeare and such writers as James Joyce, Brian Moore, Mary Gordon, and Evelyn Waugh.

Mahon has served as Director of Institutional Planning, Coordinator of Honors Societies and Convocations, and Director of Study Abroad. Chairman of the English Department from 1988 to 1994, Mahon has also served on a number of school-wide committees, including the Academic Senate, Curriculum, and Rank, Tenure, and Awards—he was the first faculty chair of RTA. A member of the faculty advisory committee to Learning in Retirement at Iona College (LIRIC), he has taught for that program. He organizes “Lenten Reflections” for Campus Ministry each year, and recently he has served as a deacon for various liturgies on campus.