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Michele Shaul , PhD

  • Professor , World Languages Department
  • Director, Center for Latino Studies
  • College of Arts and Sciences

Michele Shaul received her doctorate in Latin American Literature from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a dissertation entitled Myth and Folklore in Mulata de Tal. She currently is the Director of the Center for Latino Studies and a Professor of Spanish at Queens University of Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina where she was formerly Chair of the Department of World Languages from 1989-2010. Her critical essays have been included in El sujeto femenino en escritoras hispánicas, Círculo de cultura panamericano, Selected Essays: International Conference on The Outsider, Ilustres autores guatemaltecos de los siglos XIX y XX as well as in Cien años de magia: ensayos críticos sobre la obra de Miguel Angel Asturias. Her interview with William De Paula, interpreter for the debates during the 1996 presidential and vice-presidential campaigns was published in the publication of the Carolinas Association of Translators. She collaborated with Oralia Preble-Niemi in the preparation of an entry on Miguel Angel Asturias in The Feminist Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature and her translation of the novel The Suitcases was published in 2005. Her poem“Vida cercada” appeared in Minerva (Vol. V, Number 2, septiembre-diciembre 2005). She has presented papers at numerous regional and national conferences. Michele is Co-editor of the e-journal Label me Latina/o and is involved in several art outreach projects such as ARTE LATINO NOW, an initiative to highlight Latino artists as well as Painting4Diversity, a project created by Colombian artist Edwin Gil that uses art as a vehicle to address diversity in school age children. She also directs the Latino Studies Project which is a student/faculty research project that seeks to document the story of Latino immigration to the Charlotte region. Research interests include the use of myth and folklore in Latin American Literature, Latin American detective fiction, the expression of exile in literature as well as Latino writers in the United States.

Degrees

  • BA  - Spanish; University of Florida
  • M.A.  - Spanish; University of Florida
  • PhD  - Spanish American Literature; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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