- M.A., Spanish Language and Culture, Universidad de Granada, Spain
- B.A., Universidad Autonóma, de Querétaro, México
- Certificate in Simultaneous Interpretation from Spanish into English, University of Hawaii at Manoa
María Mahaffey has worked as a translator and interpreter in Mexico, and taught Spanish and English in Mexico and the United States. María Mahaffey has been teaching for the Department of Languages and Culture Studies since 1998.