Passionate about writing and pedagogy, Sophia has taught language and literature courses in France, Scotland and the United States. Before coming to Princeton, she was a lecturer in English at Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II. Over the past few summers, she has taught in and directed the writing workshop program at Choate Rosemary Hall. In the spring of 2022, she taught French with Yassine Ait Ali, Bill Hamlett, and Jackson Smith in a section of Princeton’s Prison Teaching Initiative, and she would be very happy to speak about this experience with interested students.
Sophia studied English literature and French at Hamilton College, where she first became interested in Simone de Beauvoir’s fiction and politics. She wrote her master’s thesis at NYU about the women who wrote to Beauvoir during the Algerian war, and she has translated several scholars’ articles about the philosopher into English. She works as an editorial assistant at a journal dedicated to advancing Beauvoir scholarship.
In the FIT department, Sophia has begun examining representations of aging women in French and Italian literature, and has recently started studying ordinary language philosophy, thanks in large part to Toril Moi’s work and to a course on speech acts that she took at Princeton. Sophia is pursuing a certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies and hopes to create an interdisciplinary feminist reading group on campus in the future. She also plans to continue participating in Princeton’s Choix Goncourt reading group—another part of the French program that she would very much like to discuss with prospective students.