Biographical Information

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© 2016 Larry Smith Photography


Sophie Christman Lavin is a Ph.D. candidate in English Literature (ABD) at SUNY Stony Brook University in New York. In addition to her M.A. in Aesthetics and B.A. in Philosophy, she earned two French language certificates from the Sorbonne. Her research areas include: nineteenth and twentieth-century environmental literary criticism and ecocinema studies. Recent teaching experience includes: Introduction to Fiction, Nature in the Nineteenth Century, Ecopoetics, and The Modern Victorian Environment.

Sophie is an editor at the Cambridge journal Victorian Literature and Culture. She is also an Open SUNY fellow in the Center for Excellence in Online Teaching. As the co-principal investigator for the Stony Brook FAHSS funded-project, “Documenting Climate Change,” Sophie works with a team of SUNY research faculty coordinating seminars, public humanities’ events, and film screenings. She has presented in North America, Europe, and China at MLA, NAVSA, ASLE, the International James Joyce Symposium, the Modernist Studies Association, NeMLA, M/MLA, INCS, Victorian Poetry, the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture, and the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI). Sophie's recent research presentations include sessions at the University of California at Santa Barbara’s 2016 online carbon-free conference The World in 2050: Imagining and Creating Just Climate Futures and the twenty-second annual Dickens Society Symposium. In 2017, Sophie was awarded the Society for Cinema and Media Studies second place student essay award. During the 2017-18 academic year, she will be in research residence at the Wertheim Study Room of the New York Public Library

Her dissertation, “The Sustainable Citizen in Nineteenth-Century Literature” examines the concept of sustainable citizenship in novels, prose, and poems. Her research has been published in Adaptation, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment and The Journal of Ecocriticism. Sophie's co-authored article “The Climate of Ecocinema” appears in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication.