World Languages and Literatures
: Building 2S
PhD, New York University
MA, New York University
BA, New York University
Biography / Academic Interests
Francisco Soto received his doctorate in Latin American Literature from New York University. His research interests include Hispanic Caribbean Literature, Latino/Latina Literature, Latin American Short Story, and Gender Studies in Latin America. He taught Spanish and Latin American Literature at the University of Michigan-Dearborn from 1989 until 1993 when he came to the College of Staten Island. At CSI he supervised the Spanish Major as well as the International Studies Major from 1993-2002. In 2002, he was appointed Acting Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, a position that became permanent in 2004. Dr. Soto stepped down as Dean in 2009 to return to the faculty full time.
Scholarship / Publications
Professor Soto has published extensively in Spanish and English, both nationally and internationally. His essays, notes, and reviews have appeared in such literary journals as Hispania, Revista Iberoamericana, Inti: Revista de Literatura Hispánica, Crítica Hispánica, Cuban Studies, Confluencia: Revista Hispánica de Cultura y Literatura, Latin American Theater Review, Michigan Quarterly, Chasqui: Revista de literatura latinoamericana, among others. He also has published a number of newspaper articles on major Latin American literary figures in Diario las Américas and El Nuevo Herald. Professor Soto has authored three books on the work of noted Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas: Reinaldo Arenas (Twayne’s World Author Series, 1998), Reinaldo Arenas: The Pentagonía (University of Florida Press, 1994), Conversación con Reinaldo Arenas (Madrid: Editorial Betania, 1990). In addition to these three books, he has contributed chapters to six books and has written seven essay entries for encyclopedias of Latin American Literature. In 1991, he was awarded First Prize in the Latin American Writers Institute Translation Awards for "The Humanities Professor," his translation of "El profesor de humanidades" by Puerto Rican writer Julia Ortiz-Griffin. Soto is currently working on a number of essays on Latino/Latina literature in addition to a collection of essays devoted to Reinaldo Arenas’s lesser known works (poetry, short stories, drama, essays).