Dr. Mahoney became Provost of California State University, Los Angeles on February 1, 2015. She joined the university from California State University, Long Beach, where she served as the Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies, from 2008-2013, and, most recently as Interim Vice Provost & Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Previous to California State Long Beach, Dr. Mahoney served in a variety of leadership roles at Purchase College, State University of New York, including Associate Provost for Integrative Learning and Vice President for Student Affairs.
Dr. Mahoney provided leadership to CSULB's enrollment management planning and graduation rates initiative, as well as the offices traditionally associated with Undergraduate Studies. She has spent her academic career working on issues related to enhancing student learning and improving retention and graduation rates. At Long Beach, she facilitated major revisions to the university’s Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement, General Education, academic advising and Writing Across the Curriculum.
Dr. Mahoney received a bachelor's degree in American Studies from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in History from Rutgers University. She is the author of Elizabeth Stoddard and the Boundaries of Bourgeois Culture and has lectured extensively on the construction of whiteness in the U.S. and the construction of gender globally.