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Dr. Marie-Lise Gazarian

Marie-Lise Gazarian,Ph.D.

Department of Languages and Literatures Coordinator,
Graduate Program in Spanish

Dr. Marie-Lise Gazarian

A graduate from Columbia University, Dr. Marie-Lise Gazarian is Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature and Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Spanish at St. John’s University. Moderator of Epsilon Kappa, St. John’s Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Hispanic Honor Society, for over the past thirty years, she served for twelve years as the Vice President for the Northeast. In 2001 she was awarded the Order of Don Quixote by the National Honor Society. She was reelected Vice President for the Northeast of the National Hispanic Society for the term 2004-2006 and 2006-2010.

She is the Director and co-editor with Mónica Sánchez of Entre rascacielos, a literary journal, now in its fourteenth issue,  founded in the fall of 2001 and published by the St. John’s Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi. As a tribute to the fortieth anniversary of the Chapter, an anthology of the works of the members of Epsilon Kappa came out in April 2004. She has been instrumental in establishing at St. John’s University, as part of the Graduate Program in Spanish, the Gabriela Mistral Scholarship /Beca Gabriela Mistral. She was appointed Representative of the Fundación Premio Nóbel Gabriela Mistral in New York.

She has had a long-standing experience in the promotion of Hispanic culture in the United States, for which she received the “Al Mérito Cultural” award from the Government of Spain, in 1981, and a Citation of Honor from the Honorable Claire Shulman, President of the Borough of Queens, in 1991 and 2000. She was appointed Cultural Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States in 1999. She was the recipient of a Certificate of Special Recognition from the US Congress in 1997 and a Certificate of Congressional Recognition from the Government of Ecuador in 2000. She was the recipient of the prestigious St. Vincent de Paul Teacher/Scholar Award for the year 2001-2002 from St. John’s University. In April 2003, she was awarded the Order of Alfonso X, el Sabio by the King of Spain, one of the highest recognitions granted by the Spanish government. In April of 2004, she received from the Chilean government the Order of Merit Gabriela Mistral, a decoration granted to literary figures, artists and scholars. She is a member of the PEN American Center, an association of writers working to advance literature, defend free expression, and foster international literary fellowship. In particular, she is involved in the Committee promoting prison writing.