Sophie Dolto

Ph.D. Candidate, French and Francophone Studies

M.A. in Comparative Literature, Université Paris IV Sorbonne (France)

M.A. in Cultural Professions, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre (France)


B.A. in Modern Literature, Université Paris IV Sorbonne (France)


Sophie’s academic research focuses on Jean-Patrick Manchette, father of the so-called French “neo-polar” and on the political and aesthetical practices of the 20th century avant-gardes, in particular Dada and the Situationist International. For her Masters thesis, she studied Manchette’s political analysis of early American noir (Hammett, Cain and Burnett). Her other interests include the works and reception of Karl Marx, the poetry of Arthur Rimbaud, as well as insult letters as a literary genre. Before joining the program, Sophie taught French in Saratoga Springs, Philadelphia and Chicago, and worked for student exchange programs in Paris (Paris IV Sorbonne, Reid Hall).