Academic Degrees: B.A. in Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina; M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University
Research Interests: 19th- and 20th-Century Latin American Studies; History and Memory
Diana Sorensen is Dean of Arts and Humanities, and James F. Rothenberg Professor of Romance Languages & Literatures and of Comparative Literature. Before joining the Harvard faculty in 2001, she taught at Columbia and Wesleyan Universities. She is a specialist in nineteenth- and twentieth- centuries Latin American literature, and in comparative literature, with additional expertise in cultural theory and gender theory. Among her varied writings on Latin American Literature are the following books: The Reader and the Text. Interpretative Strategies for Latin American Literatures, Facundo and the Construction of Argentine Culture (winner of the MLA Prize for the best book in the field in 1996), Sarmiento: Annotated Edition of his Works. She was awarded a 2008 Cabot Fellowship for her most recent book, A Turbulent Decade Remembered: Cultural Scenes from the Latin American Sixties. Her current work deals with mobility and shifting units of regional coherence, and it focuses on the transformations of the global in the twenty first century. She has recently been elected Vice President for the Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, and sits on the board of several organizations, such as the Silk Road Project, the National Humanities Center, and the American Repertory Theater.