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J. Bret Maney

Assistant Professor

Bret Maney

Carman Hall 399
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A.B., Harvard College
M.A., University of Paris VII–Denis Diderot
M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania


J. Bret Maney joined the Lehman faculty in 2015 as an assistant professor of English. He is a literary scholar and translator whose research and teaching focus on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature and culture, the digital humanities, and the practice and theory of translation. His essays have appeared or are forthcoming in CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Studies in American Naturalism, the Journal of Modern Literature, Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, and The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.

In the field of translation studies, Maney is translator and co-editor of a bilingual scholarly edition of Guillermo Cotto-Thorner’s Manhattan Tropics/Trópico en Manhattan, the first novel of the Puerto Rican mass migration to New York City (Arte Público, 2019). He has published other translations of poetry and prose from the French and Spanish in journals such as Asymptote, Exchanges, Small Axe, Gulf Coast, Lunch Ticket, and The Brooklyn Rail. He is a past recipient of a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant and was the 2019 Poetry Runner-Up in the Asymptote Close Approximations International Translation Contest. He is also the creator and curator, together with his students at Lehman, of the public digital humanities projects, The Literary Bronx and Mapping New York Literary History. For more information, see his Academic Commons page.