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Michele Shaul , PhD

  • Professor , World Languages Department
  • College of Arts and Sciences

Michele Shaul earned 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 was chair of the Department of Foreign Languages at Queens 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.

She has presented papers at numerous regional and national conferences. Research interests include the use of myth and folklore in Latin American literature, the expression of exile in literature as well as Latino writers in the United States.

Currently, she is working on a project in conjunction with Dr. Bob Whalen at Queens to document the story of Latino immigration to the Charlotte region and she is collaborating with Dr. Kathryn Quinn-Sánchez from Georgian Court University in New Jersey on the establishment of an exciting new e-journal entitled Label Me Latina/o answering the absence of U.S. Latina/o research opportunities. Label Me Latina/o plans to include critical essays about Latina/os authors and literary production as well as creative works by self-declared Latina/os.


  • 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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