Gender, Architecture, and Self-Construction in the Works of Mlle de
Department of Modern Languages
Borough of Manhattan Community College
City University of New York
199 Chambers Street, S601E
New York, New York 10007
1 East 35th street, apt. 21C
New York, NY 10016
E-mail: [email protected]
French Caribbean studies; Haitian-Dominican relations; Haitian and Dominican diasporas
in the U.S.; early modern French studies; literary translation.
Ph.D. in French, 2010. The Graduate School and University Center, City University of New
York. Dissertation title: Gender, Architecture, and Self-Construction in the Works of Mlle
de Montpensier (1627-1693). Dissertation Advisor: Domna C. Stanton. Reading
Committee: Mary McLeod (Columbia University), Nancy K. Miller, and Francesca C.
Sautman. Defended with Honors.
M.A. in Liberal Studies, 2003: M.A. in Liberal Studies. Empire State College, State
University of New York. Thesis title: Dominican-American Identity: a Literary and
Anthropological Perspective. Thesis co-directors: Meredith Brown, Chair of Social Policy
at Empire State College, and Silvio Torres-Saillant, Director of the Latino-Latin American
Studies Program at Syracuse University.
Certificate in International Relations, 1993. Facultad de Ciencias Jurídicas de la
Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
B.A. in Translation (English, French, and Spanish), 1992. Universidad APEC, Santo
Domingo, Dominican Republic. Thesis: Translation into Spanish of Indira Gandhi, by
Francelia Butler and Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. (New York: Chelsea House Publishers,
c1986, 115 pp.)
Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York, Assistant
Professor of French and Spanish, August 2012-present.
Vassar College, Visiting Assistant Professor of French, July 2010-June 2012
Hunter College, City University of New York, Adjunct Assistant Professor, January 2010July 2010; Adjunct Lecturer, August 2008-Dec. 2009; January 2003-August 2006
Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York, Adjunct
Assistant Professor, January 2010-July 2010; Adjunct Lecturer, August 2008-Dec. 2009.
-2GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, HONORS, AND AWARDS
CUNY Faculty Fellowship Publication Program (Spring 2016).
Faculty Advisor Achievement Award, Student Government Association, Borough of
Manhattan Community College (Fall 2015)
BMCC Enhanced Learning in the Classroom (ELIC) grant for guest speaker Dr. Claudy
René to discuss the Haitian Revolution in my class French 435 The Representation of the
Other in Early Modern French Literature (Spring 2014).
PSC-CUNY Traditional B Research Award ($6,000), 2013-2014, for book project Building
Subjects: Women, Castles and Self-Construction in Early Modern France.
PSC-CUNY Traditional B Research Award ($6,000), 2012-2013, for book project Building
Subjects: Women, Castles and Self-Construction in Early Modern France.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend award ($6,000), 2012.
The Carolyn G. Heilbrun Dissertation Prize, awarded by the Women’s Studies Certificate
Program to “an outstanding feminist dissertation in the humanities” completed that year at
the Graduate Center, 2010.
Dean K. Harrison Tuition Fellowship. CUNY, The Graduate Center, 2008-2009.
The Carole & Morton Olshan Dissertation Fellowship. CUNY, The Graduate Center. A
competitive dissertation writing grant ($15,000), 2007-2008.
Marandon Fellowship. Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d’Amérique
(SPFFA). A grant for dissertation research in France ($2,000), 2007-2008.
Doctoral Student Research Grant. CUNY, The Graduate Center. A grant for dissertation
research in France ($4,500), 2007-2008.
CUNY Writing Fellowship. CUNY, The Graduate Center, 2006-2008.
Summa Cum Laude Gold Medal. Etha Sigma Phi’s National Latin Exam, 2006.
Magnet President Fellowship. CUNY, The Graduate Center, 2004-2006.
Graduate Teaching Fellowship. CUNY, The Graduate Center, 2003-2004.
Dean K. Harrison Tuition Fellowship. CUNY, The Graduate Center, 2002-2003.
Underrepresented Graduate Fellowship, SUNY, Empire State College, 2001-2002.
-3Award as Best Student in School of Foreign Languages, Universidad APEC, Santo
Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1990.
“The Quisqueya Diaspora: The Emergence of Latina/o Literature from Hispaniola” in The
Cambridge History of Latina/o Literature, Cambridge University Press (Fall 2016)
“Mito y feminismo en Marassá y la Nada de Alanna Lockward,” Revista Canadiense de
Estudios Hispánicos, 40.2 (Summer 2016)
“Alegorías de una hermandad atormentada: Haití en la literatura dominicana,”
in "Quisqueya is my lakay": Challenging de-nationalization, waving the national identity.
Special Issue on the Haitian-Dominican Conflict. Memorias. Revista Digital de Historia y
Arqueología desde el Caribe, Barranquilla, Colombia. (Spring 2016.)
"Straighten Those Curls! Style, Gender, and Morality in Seventeenth-Century French
Treatises of Architecture." Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature 49:76 (2012):
“Poética de la Relación en Dominicanish de Josefina Báez.” La Torre, año X, núm. 35
(enero-marzo 2005). Revista de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, número coordinado por
Néstor E. Rodríguez: 149-160.
“Michele Voltaire Marcelin.” Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American
Biography. Oxford University Press (Spring 2016).
“Hermaphrodites.” Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender. Eds. Malti-Douglas, Fedwa, Jamsheed
Choksy, Judith Roof, and Francesca C. Sautman. New York: Thomson Gale, 2007. pp.
“Alvarez, Julia,” “Díaz, Junot,” “Dominican Writers in the United States,” and “Espaillat,
Rhina.” Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States. Eds. Suzanne Oboler
and Deena J. González. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Sara Galletti, Le palais du Luxembourg de Marie de Médicis, 1611-1631, Paris: Picard,
2012, in: sehepunkte 13 (2013), Nr. 12 [15.12.2013], URL:
“Alegoría de una hermandad atormentada en Marassá y la Nada de Alanna Lockward.”
Rev. Hoy, August 17, 2012. http://hoy.com.do/alegoria-de-una-hermandad-atormentada-enmarassa-y-la-nada-de-alanna-lockward/
-4“El equilibrio de los sexos." Rev. of Song of the Water Saints, by Nelly Rosario. Ventana:
Sección Cultural del Listín Diario March 24, 2002: 3.
“Dominicanish: La translocalización de los símbolos.” Rev. of Dominicanish, by Josefina
Baez. Ventana: Sección Cultural del Listín Diario June 17, 2001: 10. Reprinted in Agulha
Revista de Cultura: http://www.jornaldepoesia.jor.br/ag21baez.htm
Other: Citations of my work
Claudy Delné, “Réevaluer la représentation littéraire de la migration haïtienne en
République dominicaine et le massacre des Haïtiens de 1937 chez Jacques Stephen Alexis,
René Philoctète et Edwidge Danticat” in Dieulermesson Petit Frere et al, eds. Legs et
Littérature: Migration et Littérature de la Diaspora, 2015, pp.15-34, cited in p. 31.
Ramón Antonio Victoriano-Martínez, Rayanos y Dominicanyorks: la dominicanidad del
siglo XXI. Pittsburg: University of Pittsburg, 2014, cited in p. 155-156.
Rita de Maeseneer ““Aprende el difícil”.Junot Díaz, Josefina Báez y las literaturas
nacionales” Pasavento: Revista de Estudios Hispánicos (2:2), 2014, pp. 345-357. Cited in
Fernando Valerio-Holguin, “Part II, Cultural Forms” in Charles Tatum, ed. Encyclopedia of
Latino Culture: From Calaveras to Quinceañeras, Santa Barbara, Greenwood, 2014, cited
in p. 590.
Danny Mendez, Narratives of Migration and Displacement in Dominican Literature. New
York: Routledge, 2012, cited in p. 15.
Kathleen Robin Hart, “Strangers to Ourselves: Animality and Theory of Mind in Honoré de
Balzac’s “A Passion in the Desert,” Style: Volume 46, Nos. 3 & 4, Fall/Winter 2012, cited
in p. 408.
Néstor E. Rodríguez, “Dominicanish” (n.d) Dominicanaenmiami.com
Liamar Duran Almaraza, “Staging Transculturation: Border Crossings in Josefina Baez’s
Performance Texts”, Caribbean Without Borders: Language, Literature and Culture, eds.
Ileana Cortes Santiago, Raquel Puig, and Dorsia Smith. Cambridge Scholars Publishing,
2008, cited in pp. 163.
Lyn Di Iorio Sandin. “Pérez, Loida Maritza.” Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the
United States. Eds. Suzanne Oboler and Deena J. González. New York: Oxford University
Press, 2005, pp. 347-348.
Presentation of Marassa y la Nada/Marassa and the Nothingness (Penguin), a novel by
Alanna Lockward. Barnard College, New York, March 9, 2016
-5Guest panelist in Black Lives Matter: The Haitian-Dominican Human Rights Crisis, a panel
organized by the Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños and the Department of
Africana/Puertorican/Latino Studies at Hunter College, November 18, 2015.
“The ‘Haitian Question’ in the Dominican Republic: Toward New Representations of Haiti
in the Dominican Imagination,” Center for Excellence, Teaching, Learning and Service,
BMCC, City University of New York, May 15, 2014.
"What's Hair Got to Do with It? Gender, Architecture, and Curls in Early Modern France."
Women’s Studies First Friday Event. Vassar College, November 4, 2011.
"From Les Tuileries to Main: Digging French Architecture at Vassar College." A Day at
Vassar. Vassar College, October 15, 2011.
Poética e identidad en la literatura de la diáspora dominicana. In "Literatura Dominicana
de la Diáspora." V Feria del Libro Dominicano, New York, NY, October 9th, 2011.
"Visiting MALS Ten Years Later: What Worked?" Empire State College, Albany, New
York, September 25, 2011.
"Thaël quitta sa maison," a poem in memoriam. Tribute to Édouard Glissant, Graduate
Center, City University of New York, March 4, 2011.
"Gender, Architecture, and Self-Construction in the Works of Mlle de Montpensier (16271693).” Society for the Study of Women in the Renaissance, The Graduate Center, City
University of New York, New York, September 16th, 2010.
"Dominicanish Ten Years later: Breaking Down a Myth of National Identity," Dialogue
Dominicanish: A symposium about Dominicanish on the page and on the stage, Rio
Gallery, New York, New York, November 7th, 2009.
Reaching Out to the Other Side: Haiti in the Literature of the Dominican Diaspora, in
“Dialogue in the Making: Narratives on Haiti and the Dominican Republic,” the Caribbean
Studies Association Annual Conference, Pétion-Ville, Haiti, June 5-11, 2016.
“The Quisqueya Diaspora: The Emergence of Latina/o Literature from Hispaniola” in
Narrating the Haitian Diaspora, the Caribbean Studies Association Annual Conference,
Pétion-Ville, Haiti, June 5-11, 2016.
On Traitors and Anti-Dominicans: The Other Price of the Human Rights Crisis in the
Dominican Republic, in “The Haitian-Dominican Conflict,” the Caribbean Studies
Association Annual Conference, Pétion-Ville, Haiti, June 5-11, 2016.
Alegorías de una hermandad atormentada: La figura de Marassá como modelo simbólico
alternativo de relación entre Haití y República Dominicana, “Puentes en construcción:
-6historias alternas de conflicto y solidaridad entre Haití y República Dominicana”. Latin
American Studies Association (LASA), New York, NY, May 27-30, 2016.
The Cambridge History of Latino/a Literature: A Round-Table. Latin American Studies
Association (LASA). New York, NY, May 27-30, 2016.
The Perejil Massacre in the Dominican Republic and its Sequel in the 21st Century:
Impunity and Responsibility, in “ Impunité, Responsabilité et Citoyenneté – Haïti,” a
conference organized by the Henri Peyre Institute, The Graduate Center, City University of
New York, March 17-18, 2016
Constructing Dreams: Mademoiselle de Montpensier’s Making of Buildings in Early
Modern France, in “Makers: Women Artists in the Early Modern Courts of Europe.”
Renaissance Studies of America (RSA) Annual Conference. Boston, USA, March 31-April
Seeking my Sibling: Myth and Fraternité in Alanna Lockward’s Marassá y la Nada. Haitian
Studies Association 27th Annual Conference, Haiti in the Global Environment: Presence,
Representations, Performances, Montréal, Canada, October 22-24, 2015.
Jacques Viau Renaud: Primera voz poética domínico-haitiana en la literatura dominicana,
in “Race and the Colonial Past in Modern Caribbean Literature.” Latin American Studies
Association (LASA). San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 27-31, 2015.
Building Subjects: Women and Architecture in Early Modern France. In “Women,
Architecture, and Patronage in Early Modern France.” Renaissance Society of America
Annual Conference. San Diego, April 4-6. 2013.
What's in a Home: Exile, Architecture, and Self-Construction in the Works of Mlle de
Montpensier (1627-1693). In "Women and Exile II: Autobiography--Women narrating their
own experience." Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference. Washington, D.C,
March 22-24, 2012.
Straighten Those Curls! Style, Gender, and Morality in Seventeenth-Century French
Treatises of Architecture. In "Sinful Styles," a Seventeenth-Century French Literature
session. MLA 2011 Convention. Los Angeles, California, January 6-9, 2011.
Women’s Castles in Early Modern France: Uncovering Patterns in Female Architectural
Traditions. In “Châteaux et Jardins.” The Society for Interdisciplinary French SeventeenthCentury Studies 2010 Annual Conference. University of North Carolina at Charlotte, North
Carolina, October 16, 2010.
Minerva, Medusa, and Mlle de Montpensier: Doubling Images of Female Autonomy and
Power. In “The Double.” The Society for Interdisciplinary French Seventeenth-Century
Studies 2009 Annual Conference. Swarthmore College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
October 24, 2009.
-7The Poetics of Architecture in the Castles and Writings of Mlle de Montpensier: SaintFargeau, Eu, and Choisy-le-Roy. In “French III: Issues in French Studies: Shapes, Space
and other Scapes in the Writings of French Women.” M/MLA 2008 Conference.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 14, 2008.
Le Royaume de la Lune and other Spaces of Folly: The Role of Madness in the Writings of
Mlle de Montpensier. In “French II: Lunacy in Literary and Cinematic Productions.”
M/MLA 2007 Conference. Cleveland, Ohio, November 10, 2007.
A Passion for Building: Women, Castles, and Power in Early Modern France, in “Rage,
Folie, Désespoir: Excess and the Passions in Early Modern France (1550-1715),” an annual
conference organized by the Interdisciplinary Group for Seventeenth-Century French
Studies at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. New York, October 5, 2007.
Constructing Homes in Exile: Space and Gender in the Work of Mlle de Montpensier. In
“Envisioning Home,” the Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference of the Comparative
Literature Department of the Graduate Center, City University of New York. New York,
November 4, 2006.
The Aesthetics of the Diverse in ‘Dominicanish.' In “Latina Performances: Space, Body and
Politics,” a session held by the Latina/o Focus Group of the Association for Theater in
Higher Education (ATHE) 2004 Conference. Toronto, Canada, July 31-August 1.
Publications in Peer-Reviewed Literary Journals or Anthologies
“My Father’s Foot Lit a Fire” and “La Camiona,” in Tough Times in America, an anthology
edited by Donna Weir-Sole and Pierre Max (forthcoming 2016).
“Sentencia del Infierno I: Poema a los desterrados” and “Sentencia del Infierno III:
Soñando en Marassá” in Circum-Caribbean Poetics, a special issue edited by Jana Braziel
and Nicasio Urbina. The Cincinnati Romance Review (Volume 40, Spring 2016)
Literary translation into French of “La Marilyn Monroe de Santo Domingo,” a poem by
Dominican poet Frank Baez. K1N, a Journal of Literary Translation, University of Ottawa
“Carnival Day in Santo Domingo.” Small Axe Salon 18 (February 2015)
Other creative works
Translation into French of Comrade, Bliss Ain't Playing: Camarade Le bonheur ne joue
pas. A poetic text for performance, by Josefina Baez. Ay Ombe Productions.
http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2971319. Pub. Feb. 07, 2012.
-8Thaël quitta sa maison. A poem in tribute to Édouard Glissant. New York: February 2011
Reading of my poetry series Sentencia del Infierno/Sentence from Hell at the Literary Salon
of the Caribbean Studies Association Annual Conference, Pétion-Ville, Haiti, June 5-11,
Poetry reading at the conference “Sustainable Struggles,” Hispanic Heritage Month, City
University of New York, Borough of Manhattan Community College, November 13, 2015.
Poetry reading at The Americas Poetry Festival of New York, Division of Interdisciplinary
Studies, Center for Worker’s Education, City College of New York, October 14-16, 2015.
Poetry reading at the IX Dominican Book Fair, Gregorio Luperon High School, New York
City, September 26, 2015.
Poetry Reading at Barnes and Noble, Stamford, Connecticut, June 8, 2014.
Poetry reading at “Confluencias,” The Fifth Bi-annual 2014 Conference
of the Dominican
“Making a Difference…” sponsored by CUNY’s Dominican Studies
Institute, the Office of Community Relations, Hostos Community College & The Latino
Artist Round Table (LART). Naugatuck Valley Community College, Connecticut, May 1,
NEWSPAPER AND MAGAZINE ARTICLES
“Noche retrospectiva en honor a Luis Días en Nueva York: ¡Ay, qué guachimán tan
buenmozo!” 7días.com.do May, 25, 2015.
“Bachata: Música del Pueblo.” Rev. of Bachata: Música del Pueblo, dir. Giovanni Savino.
Ventana: Sección Cultural del Listín Diario September 8, 2002: 3.
“Nelly Rosario: Escritora dominicana en Nueva York.” Interview. Ventana: Sección
Cultural del Listín Diario April 28, 2002.
“Salsa Céltica: Un Morir-Soñando Musical.” Rev. of musical concert. Ventana: Sección
Cultural del Listín Diario July 2001. n.p.
“ ‘My American Girls’: Cineasta lleva familia dominicana al cine.” Rev. of My American
Girls, dir. Aaron Matthews. Ventana: Sección Cultural del Listín Diario June 24, 2001: 12.
-9“Juan Carlos Mieses: Ganador del Premio de Poesía Nicolás Guillén.” Interview. Ventana:
Sección Cultural del Listín Diario January 4, 2001: 9 and 11. Republished in the cultural
magazine Archipiélago Feb. 2001 (México).
“Dominicanos en Nueva York: Ingrid Madera, artista visual.” Interview. Ventana: Sección
Cultural del Listín Diario Februrary 19, 2000: 19C.
“Altagracia Carrasco, artista visual.” Interview. Revista Rumbo May 3, 1999: 58-59.
“Dominicanos en Nueva York: Loida Maritza Pérez, escritora.” Interview. Revista Rumbo
March 8, 1999: 56-57.
“El cine dominicano en los noventa: la diáspora en busca de un sueño.” Archipiélago, año
2, núm. 16 marzo-abril 1998: 53-55.
“Dominicanos en Nueva York: Julia Alvarez, escritora.” Interview. Ventana: Sección
Cultural del Listín Diario March 9, 1997: 9. Republished in the cultural magazine Vetas
March 1997 (San Domingo): 19-21, and in cultural magazine Una June 1998 (México).
“Dominicanos en Nueva York: Félix Limardo, director de cine.” Interview. Ventana:
Sección Cultural del Listín Diario February 23, 1997: 3.
“Dominicanos en Nueva York: Junot Díaz, escritor.” Interview. Ventana: Sección Cultural
del Listín Diario February 9, 1997: Front page and page 4.
“Dominicanos en Nueva York: Claudio Mir, actor y artista visual.” Interview. Ventana:
Sección Cultural del Listín Diario February 2, 1997: 7.
“Dominicanos en Nueva York: Mateo Gómez, actor.” Interview. Ventana: Sección
Cultural del Listín Diario January 19, 1997: 7.
“Dominicanos en Nueva York: Adán Vázquez, arpista.” Interview. Ventana: Sección
Cultural del Listín Diario December 15, 1996: 7.
“Dominicanos en Nueva York: Luis Días, músico.” Interview. Periódico Hoy November
City University of New York, Borough of Manhattan Community College
French 311: French Film and Conversation, Spring 2016
French 435: The Representation of the Other in Early Modern French Literature, Spring
French 430: Survey of 17th-century literature, Spring 2013
Beginning and Intermediate French, 2012-present
Vassar College, Department of French and Francophone Studies
-10Literature/Culture (Visiting Assistant Professor)
Designing Women: Power, Castles, and Writings in Early Modern France, Spring 2012
Readings in French Literature and Film, Spring 2011, Spring 2012
French Media and Society, Fall 2010, Spring 2011
Beginning and Intermediate French 1& 2, Fall 2010, Fall 2011
Seminar in Stylistics and Translation, Fall 2010
City University of New York: Hunter College, Department of Romance Languages
Literature/Culture (Adjunct Instructor)
French Modern Civilization (in English), Spring 2010
Film and the French Novel (in English), Fall 2004
Perspectives on Women in French Literature (in English), Summer 2003
Advanced French Conversation, 2010
Advanced French Grammar, Fall 2008, 2009
Elementary and Intermediate French, 2003-2006 and 2008-2010
Intensive Elementary French (French in Action), Summer 2005
Elementary and Intermediate Spanish; 2005-2006
Advanced Spanish Composition for Native Speakers, Summer 2006
City University of New York: Borough of Manhattan Community College, Department of
Modern Languages (Adjunct Instructor)
Elementary Spanish, Fall 2008; Elementary French, Fall 2008-Spring 2010
Ph.D. Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Member of the reading committee of the dissertation Entre dos islas: Diálogo entre
Manhattan y Quisqueya. Treinta años de narrativa (1980-2010), by Ph.D. candidate
Sharina Maillo-Pozo. Fall 2011-2014.
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Empire State College, SUNY
Independent Study for the Master's of Arts in Liberal Studies, titled "The Gendering of
Domestic Spaces." The course draws from architectural history and theories to examine the
interplay of power relations in the dining room in the U.S. Northeast. Fall 2011.
City University of New York, The Graduate Center
Reader of Edouard Glissant’s Sel noir at the opening of the Henri Peyre French Institute
Food Seminar Salt & Sugar/ Salt or Sugar? The Graduate Center, City University of New
York, October 29, 2015.
Moderator of the panel “Paths and Voices for Justice and Catharsis in Haitian Literature,”
with the participation of Michele Montás, Haitian journalist, and J.P. Richard Narcisse,
Haitian writer, a panel produced within the three-year long seminar “Impunity,
-11Responsibility and Citizenship” sponsored by the Henri Peyre French Institute at The
Graduate Center, City University of New York, March 12, 2014.
City University of New York, Borough of Manhattan Community College
Student-Faculty Disciplinary Committee, 2015-2017.
Personnel Review Committee, 2014-2016.
Modern Languages Major Committee, 2013-present. Developed the curriculum for four
French courses for the specialization in French, including French 311 Film and
Conversation; French 455 Advanced French Grammar, French 456 Advanced French
Composition, and French 400 French Caribbean Literature in translation, cross-listed with
Ethnic Studies. Presented the Major to the Curriculum Committee in Fall 2014.
French-Speaking World Club, 2012-present: Advisor of the student-led FrenchSpeaking World Club in organizing cultural events, including a Solidarity Drive with Haiti
(Spring 2014), a field trip to the rue des Huguenots in New Paltz, NY (2014), film-soirées
dinners at French restaurants, trips to Broadway show Les Misérables and Cirque du Soleil.
Received the Advisor Achievement Award (Fall 2015).
Échos du Tout-Monde, 2012-present: Founder and editor of a new student-led French
literary magazine with contributions from students and faculty. Named the magazine in
homage to French Caribbean poet and philosopher Édouard Glissant to represent the
diversity of the student body at BMCC. Published four issues.
Class Management Strategies Round-Table Coordinator. Organized and led a
roundtable workshop on class management strategies with the participation of full-time and
part-time faculty from the MLD. Spring 2015.
Modern Languages Department Annual Colloquium: Chair of the French panel From
Farm to Table: The Global Culture of Food in New York City, BMCC, April 1st, 2014.
Study Abroad Program Faculty Coordinator, 2012-2013. Developed and led a brand
new Study Abroad summer program in partnership with the University of Nantes. Brought
10 students from BMCC, and taught a course in early modern French literature and culture
that included field trips to such locations as the Mont Saint-Michel, the chateau of the
Dukes of Brittany, the Renaissance chateaux of the Loire Valley, and the Memorial of the
Abolition of Slavery.
French and Francophone Studies Departmental Retreat. Participated in a three-day retreat to
review the curriculum, pedagogical goals, and strategies of the Department of French and
Francophone Studies, and to develop a plan of action for a self-study to be carried out in
2011-2012 in preparation for an upcoming external review of the department. Spring 2011.
Translated into French a press release written by the Latin American Studies Association
Haiti-DR chapter denouncing the lynching of Claude Jean Harri, a young Haitian man
living in the Dominican Republic, on February 4, 2015. The lynching caused much national
and international outrage and drew attention of international community to instances of
violations of human rights in the Dominican Republic.
Wrote a petition on Avaaz.org against ruling 168-13, a ruling issued in September 2013 by
the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic stripping from their nationality
thousands of Dominicans of foreign descent and targeting especially those of Haitian
parents. The ruling was declared a violation to Human Rights by the United Nations and
other international organizations for Human Rights. The petition received over 1,000
signatures and was sent to Dominican governmental offices (Fall 2014).
The Communicative Approach: Practical Examples, a workshop by Nancy Boblett, CEP
Teacher Columbia, Columbia University – Teachers College, March 6, 2015.
Instructional Technology: Enhancing Performance in Teaching and Learning a Foreign
Language and Culture, a workshop by Elda Buonanno Foley, PhD, Associate Professor of
Italian Language and Culture, Iona College, New Rochelle, NY.
Harnessing the Power of Emerging Technologies in the Language Classroom, a workshop
by Gillian Lord, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Studies, University of Florida, February 5, 2015.
ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview Training, Institute for Language Education in
Transcultural Context, Hunter College, August 18-21, 2014.
CUNY Writing-Across-the-Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) Program.
A two-year intensive training in effective uses of writing as a learning tool. 2006-2008.
Hunter College Foreign Language Acquisition Pedagogical Training. Workshops on the
communicative approach for the instruction of foreign languages, 2003-2006.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Cultural Attaché. Diplomatic Corps of the Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Mexico.
Promoted Dominican arts and culture in Mexico through the organization of cultural
events. Invited over a hundred Dominican artists, dancers, performers, writers, and scholars
to present their work in Mexico; negotiated cultural and academic agreements between
institutions and officers of both countries. Mexico City, 1997-2000.
-13Freelance cultural journalist. Published dozens feature articles and interviews covering
Dominican artists and writers living in the United States. New York, 1996-2002.
Consultant. Freelance translator, editor, researcher, copywriter, and bilingual audio
recordings monitor for advertising and translation agencies. New York, 1996-2002.
Manager of the Spanish and Portuguese Languages Department. Management of
translation projects in print, audio, and video productions; supervision of translators,
editors, copywriters, and talents; development of market research reports and brand names
analysis for the Hispanic markets. YAR Communications, Inc., New York. 1994-1996.
Native fluency: French, Spanish
Near-native fluency: English
Working knowledge: Portuguese, Italian
HSA (Haitian Studies Association)
LASA (Latin American Studies Association)
MLA (Modern Languages Association)
RSA (Renaissance Society of America)
SPFFA (Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d’Amérique)
Francesca Canadé Sautman – Professor of French and Executive Officer
Ph.D. Program in French
The Graduate School and University Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016
(212) 817-8365 – Email: [email protected]
Domna C. Stanton – Distinguished Professor
Ph.D. Program in French
The Graduate School and University Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016
(212) 817-8365 – [email protected]
Christine Reno – Professor of French (emerita)
Department of French and Francophone Studies, Vassar College
124 Raymond Avenue, Box 440
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604 USA
(845) 437 5718 – [email protected]
Silvio Torres-Saillant – Professor of English
-14English Department, Syracuse University
900 South Crouse Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244
Alicia Ramos – Associate Professor of Spanish
Language Program Coordinator,
Department of Romance Languages, Hunter College, CUNY
695 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10065
(212) 772-4760 –- [email protected]