Sophie Marinez

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Modern Languages


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Sophie Maríñez is a Faculty Leadership Fellow and an Associate Professor of French and Spanish at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY. She is also a former Faculty Fellow at the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics of the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She holds a Ph.D. in French from The Graduate Center (2010), where she studied under Domna C. Stanton and Édouard Glissant, and an M.A. in Liberal Studies with a focus on Dominican-American Identity and Literature from Empire State College, SUNY (2003), which she completed under the guidance of Silvio Torres-Saillant. She also holds a B.A. in Translation from Universidad APEC, Dominican Republic (1992).

Her current research focuses on the literary and cultural productions of the French and Spanish Caribbean and their diasporas, with an emphasis on the Haitian-Dominican dynamics. Her publications in this field include her often-cited article “The Poetics of Relation in Dominicanish” (La Torre, 2005), the first to examine how this Dominican diasporic text for performance subverted dominant narratives of national identity; and “The Quisqueya Diaspora,” a chapter in the award-winning Cambridge History of Latino/a American literature (2018) that examines affinities among Haitian and Dominican diasporic literary works and calls for the inclusion of Haitian-American literature in the Latinx canon. She has been a guest speaker at the Maison de l’ Amérique Latine in Paris, Columbia University, Vassar College, Barnard, Hunter, the Graduate Center, and the Université du Québec in Montréal.

She is the co-editor, with Daniel Huttinot, of Jacques Viau Renaud: J’essaie de vous parler de ma patrie (Mémoire d’encrier, 2018), a translation into French of the poetry of Jacques Viau Renaud (Haiti-Dominican Republic, 1941-1965).

In addition, she is author of the NEH-funded book Mademoiselle de Montpensier: Writings, Chateaux, and Female Self-Construction in Early Modern France (Brill/Rodopi, 2017), an interdisciplinary study based on her award-winning dissertation on women who used their writings and chateaux to establish authority, legitimacy, social status, and political identities.

She has published poetry in The Caribbean Quarterly, The Caribbean Writer, Small Axe Literary Salon, The Cincinnati Romance Review, and Mondes Francophones, and has translated into French poems by Julia Alvarez, Jacques Viau Renaud, and Frank Baez.

At BMCC, she is the coordinator of its new major in Modern Languages and teaches courses on French language, films, and culture, early modern French literature, women and gender, and the French Caribbean.

Prior to her position at CUNY, she held a two-year visiting faculty position in French at Vassar College (2010-2012). Of French and Dominican background, she has worked as an actress, a translator, and a journalist. From 1997 to 2000, she was a diplomat, working as a Cultural Counselor at the embassy of the Dominican Republic in Mexico.


Literary Criticism


Ph.D. French, The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Defended with Honors. 2010.

M.A. Liberal Studies, Empire State College, State University of New York, 2003.

B.A. Translation (English, French, and Spanish), Universidad APEC, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1992.

Courses Taught

Research and Projects


Mademoiselle de Montpensier: Writings, Châteaux, and Female Self-Construction in Early Modern France. Leiden: Brill/Rodopi, 220 pages.

Edited Volumes
Jacques Viau Renaud: J’essaie de vous parler de ma patrie. Edited with Daniel Huttinot and the collaboration of Raj Chetty and Amaury Rodríguez. Montréal: Mémoire d’encrier, 2018. 152 pages.

Refereed Journal Articles
“Du massacre de 1937 à la sentence 168-13: conflit fatal ou solidarité? Notes d’un parcours littéraire des rapports entre Haïti et la République Dominicaine.” Chemins Critiques, Revue Haïtiano-Caraïbéenne. Eds. Michèle Duvivier Pierre-Louis and Franklin Midy, 6.1 (2017): 71-90.

“Le massacre de 1937 en République Dominicaine: distorsions littéraires.” Revista Mexicana del Caribe 22 (2016): 21-55.

“Mito y feminismo en Marassá y la Nada de Alanna Lockward.” Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos 40.2 (2016): 437-454.

“Alegorías de una hermandad atormentada: Haití en la literatura dominicana.” Memorias: Revista Digital de Historia y Arqueología desde el Caribe 12.28 (2016): 61-92.

“Straighten Those Curls! Style, Gender, and Morality in Seventeenth-Century French Treatises of Architecture.” Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature 49:76 (2012): 13-33.

“Poética de la Relación en Dominicanish de Josefina Báez.” La Torre: Revista de la Universidad de Puerto Rico. 10: 35 (2005): 149-160.

Book Chapters
“The Quisqueya Diaspora: The Emergence of Latina/o Literature from Hispaniola.” The Cambridge History of Latina/o Literature. Eds. John Moran and Laura Lomas. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018, pp. 561-581. (This volume won the 2018 Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title).

Encyclopedia Entries
“Michèle Voltaire Marcelin.” Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography. Eds. Henry L. Gates, Jr., and Franklyn W. Knight. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

“Hermaphrodites.” Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender. Eds. Fedwa Malti-Douglas, Jamsheed Choksy, Judith Roof and Francesca Sautman. New York: Thomson Gale, 2007.

“Alvarez, Julia.” Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States. Eds. Suzanne Oboler and Deena J. González. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

“Díaz, Junot.” Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States. Eds. Suzanne Oboler and Deena J. González. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

“Dominican Writers in the United States.” Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States. Eds. Suzanne Oboler and Deena J. González. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

“Espaillat, Rhina.” Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States. Eds. Suzanne Oboler and Deena J. González. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

BMCC Faculty Leadership Fellows.

PSC-CUNY Traditional B Research Award.

BMCC Faculty Development Grant.

PSC-CUNY Traditional B Research Award.

The Graduate Center’s Center for Place, Culture and Politics’ Faculty Fellowship.

CUNY Faculty Fellowship Publication Program.

PSC-CUNY Traditional B Research Award.

PSC-CUNY Traditional B Research Award.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend.

The Graduate Center, Women’s Studies Certificate Program’s Carolyn G. Heilbrun Dissertation Prize to “an outstanding feminist dissertation in the humanities.”

The Graduate Center’s Dean K. Harrison Tuition Fellowship.

The Graduate Center’s Carole & Morton Olshan Dissertation Fellowship.

Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d’Amérique (SPFFA), Marandon Fellowship.

The Graduate Center’s Doctoral Student Research Grant.

CUNY Writing-Across-Curriculum Fellowship.

Etha Sigma Phi’s National Latin Exam, Summa Cum Laude Gold Medal.

The Graduate Center’s Magnet President Fellowship.

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