Sophia Mo
Department of French and Romance Philology


Sophia Mo hails from Boston, Massachusetts. Currently, she is based in New York City and has lived, worked, and studied in France, Morocco, Tunisia, and Jordan. Her dissertation research focuses on transnational anticolonial networks in the Francophone and Arabophone press during the Algerian revolution. She hopes to challenge the masculinist historiography of the war for independence by bringing to the fore the understudied work of female journalists in constructing the Algerian nation. Sophia is also currently working on a translation project of the Algerian journal El Moudjahid from Arabic and French to English.


French, Modern Standard Arabic, Maghrebi Arabic, Italian

M.A. essay title

Penser la textualité globale de l’image « défilée » : un fil à suivre dans l’œuvre de Leïla Sebbar

B.A. thesis title

Défenseurs des idéaux républicains français ? : La remise en cause de l’identité des intellectuels anticolonialistes pendant la guerre d’Algérie

Courses taught

Elementary French 1 (FREN 1101, Fall 2017, Instructor of Record)

Elementary French 2 (FREN 1102, Spring 2018, Instructor of Record)

Introduction to French and Francophone Studies I (FREN 3420, Fall 2019, Instructor of Record)

Islam and the Modern World (HIST3622, Spring 2020, Teaching and Program Assistant)

Previous Degrees

B.A. in French, International Relations, and Economics (Wellesley College, 2014, summa cum laude); M.A. in French (Columbia University, 2018)

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