Sophie M. Lavoie holds a Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from the University of Provence in Aix-en-Provence, France (2005). Her dissertation analyzed the portrayal of women in the first three novels of Sandinista writer Gioconda Belli. Ms. Lavoie also holds a Diplôme d’Études Approfondies from the University of Provence (1999) and a MA in Spanish from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada (1997).
Of particular interest to Ms. Lavoie is women’s writing and social change in Central America and the Caribbean, especially narrative. However, she has also co-authored a chapter with John Kirk for The Crime Fiction of Leonardo Padura Fuentes (Carlos Uxo, Ed., Manchester Metropolitan UP, 2006). She has published articles in Centroamericana (Italy), Neruda Internacional, Rimbaud Revue (France), Descant (Canada), and most recently contributed four entries to Latin American Women Writers: An Encyclopedia (E. Bueno and M.C. André, Eds., Routledge, 2007).
Sophie Lavoie is currently an Assistant Professor of Spanish Studies in the Department of Culture and Language Studies of the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada.