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J. Bret Maney

Assistant Professor

Bret Maney


Pronouns: he/him
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 teaches courses in American studies, the digital humanities, and the practice and theory of translation at Lehman College and the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the translator of a collection of Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s verse entitled The River in the Belly (Deep Vellum, 2021) and the translator and co-editor of a bilingual scholarly edition of Guillermo Cotto-Thorner’s early novel of Latinx New York, Manhattan Tropics/Trópico en Manhattan (Arte Público, 2019), which was supported by a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant and won an International Latino Book Award.

Maney has work published or forthcoming in American Quarterly; CENTRO: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies; Studies in American Naturalism, where his article won the Robert H. Elias Essay Prize; Latinx Talk; The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review; Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, and The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. His literary translations of poetry and prose from the French and Spanish have been awarded the Gulf Coast Translation Prize and the Asymptote Close Approximations Prize (runner-up), and have appeared in many journals, including Exchanges, Asymptote, Small Axe, Gulf Coast, The Common, and The Brooklyn Rail. Maney is the creator and curator of the public digital humanities project The Literary Bronx. For links to some of his publications, please see his Academic Commons profile.