My name is Sophie, and welcome to my page! I'm a third year English Ph.D. student at CUNY. I mainly study literature of 9/11, but I'm also interested in comics, autobiography, trauma and memory theory, and feminist writing. I'm especially interested in how the lived experience gets translated onto the page, and how we communicate those lived experiences to each other, either through words, images, or oral retellings. I live with my fiancé and super adorable but super spoiled cat Bleecker.
I'm NYC born and raised, so coming back to New York for grad school was coming home. My mom and all my best friends are here, so on weekends I like to go to museums with my mom, hit up the pickle festival with my best friend (we met in ballet class when we were four, aww), or go on "free dates" with my fiancé (being a poor grad student in NYC is hard, so the name of the game is to have a good time while spending zero money-- you get to discover and explore some pretty neat corners of the city this way). When I need some me time, I knit and draw comics.
Though my mom is here now, my family is from all over. My little sister is in college in England. She's kicking butt studying psychology and medicine. My dad is German and lives in London; his family all live in Bavaria, aka one of the most beautiful places in the world. I got to spend this past summer there with my grandmother, which was amazing. Because of the distance, I hadn't seen her in almost ten years, and it was really incredible to hear all this oral family history that hadn't been shared with me when I was younger. We spent a lot of time cooking together, and she passed on a lot of family recipes, including my great-great-grandmother's apple strudel recipe (!)
Because my family is from all over, I've gotten to travel a lot. My mom is a computer programmer and worked in Ethiopia for three years; I got to visit her several times. Ethiopia is one of my favorite places in the whole world. It's incredibly beautiful (the Simien Mountains are forreals one of the most breathtaking things you'll ever see), the history is fascinating, and the people are very kind and welcoming. Also the food is AMAZING.
Before grad school, I lived in Chicago, where I mentored at the Sue Duncan Children's Center and then taught 10th Grade Special Education English at CICS Longwood. SDCC got me involved with educational equity issues, and is ultimately why I decided to go into the classroom; once I was teaching, though, I became interested in disability rights issues as well. Now that I'm in grad school full time, my social justice work is a little more scattered. I work once a week at the East Harlem Tutorial Program and do translation work for asylum cases when I can.
This is my happy song... It just sounds like Chicago and pure joy, and every time I hear it I feel like I'm back on the South Side and my insides get all squirmy with happiness :)