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Professor Oliver Lamb
Brooklyn College

John's Profile
John Sorrentino
John Sorrentino
Birthdate May 29
Location Long Branch, NJ

Montclair State University (BA 1988)
Hunter College (MA 2000)
CUNY Graduate Center
(PhD Candidate; MPhil 2005)
Henri Peyre Fellowship
René Taupin Fellowship
Fields of Interest

19th Century French Novel
French Decadence
Queer Theory
Works of André Gide
Dissertation Title
Gide in the First Person: The I of
Religion and Same-Sex Sexuality

John F. Sorrentino is a PhD Candidate in French Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center. His publications include "Portrait of a Giant" in the French Interdisciplinary (Vishma Press 2002) as well as a forthcoming publication on Faculty Development in Writing Across the Curriculum. Interdisciplinary work includes writing and instructional technology pedagogy, through which he developed an online Art History Course that was implemented as part of the charter curriculum for the CUNY Online Baccalaureate with Prof. Magda Vasillov. He has taught French Language courses at Hunter and York Colleges, was a Writing Fellow at Hostos Community College in the South Bronx, and a University Research Foundation Fellow in the CUNY Office of Academic Affairs. He is currently an Instructional Technology Fellow at Brooklyn College.



Born in Long Branch, NJ, John pretty much grew up on the beach, and most of his life as a teenager was spent hanging out at the Long Branch Pier or the Boardwalk in Belmar. His father was a prominent politician in Monmouth County, and served the final 12 years of his life as mayor of West Long Branch. John has one sister and two brothers, one of whom is a published author with his book Luncheonette: A Memoir that you can read about here. After high school, John moved to North Jersey and attended college at Montclair State University. He spent a year studying abroad at the University of Paris/Sorbonne. He currently resides in Manhattan.

John with his Family at Christmas
John with his Family at Christmas

The Club Med Years

After having majored in French and become certified as a translator, John took a job at the New York headquarters of Club Med, a major vacation resort operator based in France. Eventually he gained enough experience in the job, and became the accounting manager for the North American and Caribbean resorts. Although the job gave him magnificent opportunities for world travel, he was dissatisfied with the corporate setting and wanted to return to school so he could eventually become an educator. When the time was right, he began a master's degree at Hunter College.

All Roads Lead to Paris

During his time at Hunter, John received the prestigious René Taupin Fellowship, an award that provided him the opportunity to live in Paris to research and write his master's thesis. Not only was it a successful intellectual experience for him, it was also an amazing personal one meeting many friends, and connecting with his European cousins. It was during his time in Paris that he decided to enroll in the doctoral program at CUNY, writing about homosexuality and religion in the works of André Gide.

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