Margaret Carson

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Associate Professor
Modern Languages


Office: S-601V

Office Hours: On sabbatical Spring 2022

Phone: +1 (212) 220-8000;ext=7247

Professor Margaret Carson (she / ella) grew up in New York City and discovered the beautiful language of Spanish at Midwood High School in Brooklyn. A literary translator from Spanish to English, she has published book-length translations of works by the Spanish surrealist artist Remedios Varo, the Argentine novelist Sergio Chejfec and the 19th-century Mexican novelist José Tomás de Cuéllar. Her current research is focused on post-World War II women surrealist artists/writers in Mexico City. She also investigates gender and translation and visualities (image/text) in writing.

Before receiving her PhD, she was a longtime ESL and literacy instructor in adult education programs serving refugees and recent immigrants. She enjoys working with students at all levels to acquire and improve their Spanish, with an emphasis on learning by doing.


Post World-War II Women Surrealists in Mexico City, Gender and Translation, 20th- and 21st-Century Latin American Literature, Spanish Language Education.


  • Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center, Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages, 2013.
  • M.A. New York University, Spanish Literature.
  • B.A. Bryn Mawr College, Sociology.

Courses Taught

Research and Projects



Book-length Translations

Selected Shorter Translations 


Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • Keynote Speaker, 2019 Translating Women Conference, London, UK, 31 Oct.-1 Nov. 2019.
  • Modern Language Association. Member of the January 2019-January 2022 Delegate Assembly.
  • Nominee for BMCC Distinguished Teaching Award, 2019 and 2020.
  • Cochair of PEN Translation Committee at PEN American Center, New York City, 2014-2015.

Additional Information

Presentations, Talks, Public Conversations:

  • “The Silver Linings of Teaching in the Pandemic.” MLA 2022 Conference, 9 January 2022.
  • “A Conversation between Mary Ann Caws and Margaret Carson about Alice Paalen Rahon and Remedios Varo.” ISSS Surrealisms 2021 Virtual Conference, 11-14 November 2021.
  • Surreal Tea Party featuring a presentation on Remedios Varo’s Letters, Dreams & Other Writings, 19 May 2019 at Makara Center for the Arts, Santa Ana, CA.

Writing the Visual in Baroni: Un viaje and Other Recent Works by Sergio Chejfec. 2013. The Graduate Center, City University of New York, PhD dissertation.

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