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. She was guest editor for Belphégor: Littérature Populaire et Culture Médiatique on The Politics of the Detective Novel (Vol. 9 No. 3, Decembre 2010. online.). She has also published articles in the following journals: La Ventana (Cuba), Centroamericana (Italy), Neruda Internacional, Rimbaud Revue, Cahiers d'Études Romanes, Pandora (France), Descant, Canadian Women's Studies-les cahiers de la femme, and, most recently, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos (Canada).
Ms. Lavoie contributed four entries to Latin American Women Writers: An Encyclopedia (E. Bueno and M.C. André, Eds., Routledge, 2007) as well as one entry on Argentinian-Canadian poet Nela Rio for the New Brunswick Literary Encyclopaedia (A. Tremblay, Ed., online). She also published entries in French on Nicaraguan authors Gioconda Belli and Sergio Ramírez for the Dictionnaire des littératures hispaniques. Espagne et Amérique latine. J. Bonells, Ed. (Laffont, coll. "Bouquins", 2009).
Her work on Spanish-Argentinian playwright Rodrigo García is included in the collection Un hispanismo para el siglo XXI: Ensayos de crítica cultural (R. Cornejo-Parriego and A. Villamandos, Eds., Biblioteca Nueva, 2010) while her analysis of Peruvian-Canadian poet Lady Rojas Benavente's work can be found in Pluri-Culture et Écrits migratoires/ Pluri-Culture and Migrant Writings (E. Sabiston and R Drummond, Eds. Série Monographique en Sciences Humaines 17, 2014). Ms. Lavoie has also co-authored a chapter with John Kirk for The Crime Fiction of Leonardo Padura Fuentes (Carlos Uxo, Ed., Manchester Metropolitan UP, 2006).
Ms. Lavoie is also Associate Editor of the anthology Mensaje Indígena de agua/Indigenous Message on Water (Sánchez, Juan G. & Felipe Q. Quintanilla, Eds., 2014) as well as co-translator with Hugh Hazelton of Nela Rio's thirteenth collection of poetry, El laberinto vertical/Vertical Labyrinth (Broken Jaw Press, 2014).
Sophie M. Lavoie is currently an Associate Professor of Spanish Studies in the Department of Culture and Language Studies of the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada.