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Silvio Torres-Saillant

Dean's Professor English


Silvio Torres-Saillant, Professor in the English Department, is Dean’s Professor of the Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences, where he formerly headed the Latino-Latin American Studies Program, served as Director of the Humanities Council, and held the post of William P. Tolley Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities. His books include The Once and Future Muse: The Poetry and Poetics of Rhina P. Espaillat [with Nancy Kang] (University of Pittsburgh P. 2018), Caribbean Poetics (2nd ed. Peepal Tree Press 2013; 1st. ed. Cambridge University P. 1997), An Intellectual History of the Caribbean (Palgrave 2006), El tigueraje intelectual (2nd ed. Mediabyte 2011; 1st ed. CIAM/Manati 2002), El retorno de las yolas (2nd ed. Editora Universitaria Bonó 2019; 1st ed. LaTrinitaria/Manatí 1999), and The Dominican Americans [with Ramona Hernández] (Greenwood 1998).

He co-founded La Casita Cultural Center, an off-campus unit of the College of Arts and Sciences conceived as a bridge of communication, collaboration, and exchange between the school and the Latino population of the city while promoting the Hispanic heritages of Central New York. Before coming to SU, he founded the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, an interdisciplinary research at the City College of New York, and taught in the English Department of Hostos Community College, CUNY. As a visitor, he has taught at Amherst College, Harvard University, the Universidad de Cartagena, and Colombia’s Universidad Nacional. He lectures widely in Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States.

A member of the Editorial Board of the University of Houston’s Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Project, he is Associate Editor of Latino Studies (Palgrave) and has edited the New World Studies Series for the University of Virginia Press.