Karen Austin

Professor Emerita of Spanish


Karen Austin received her B.A. in Spanish and French from Agnes Scott College, her M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College, and her Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Kentucky, Lexington. In 1971 she began her career at USM, where she won awards for Excellence in Teaching, Excellence in Service, and Outstanding University Professor. She worked in Georgia for the government’s FLETC program of intensive Spanish for law enforcement, was instrumental in starting the department’s study abroad program, and served for a year as Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, England, where she also taught translation. Amongst her publications are the translation of the Flores Estevez novel, La Historia de Adriana y los diálogos de Montenegro, and translations of four Pérez Galdós novels: Angel Guerra, La Sombra, Realidad, and La Incógnita. She was an ATA certified translator for over thirty-five years and used the proceeds from her work in that field to fund frequent jaunts to Italy, her favorite pastime after retirement.