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 literary scholarship has appeared or is 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 the translator and co-editor of a bilingual scholarly edition of Guillermo Cotto-Thorner’s Manhattan Tropics/Trópico en Manhattan, the first novel about the Puerto Rican mass migration to New York City (Arte Público, 2019). He has published other literary translations 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 project, Mapping New York Literary History.