Marie-Lise Gazarian

Title: Professor of Spanish and Director of the Graduate Program in Spanish
Company: St. John’s University
Location: Jamaica, New York, United States

Marie-Lise Gazarian, Professor of Spanish and Director of the Graduate Program in Spanish at St. John’s University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Spanish language and literature.

The Director of the Graduate Program in Spanish and a Professor of Spanish at St. John’s University for more than 50 years, Dr. Gazarian is distinguished for her expertise in Spanish language and literature. The educator received a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish from Adelphi University and went on to obtain a Master’s and PhD in Spanish language and literature from Columbia University. In her notable role, Dr. Gazarian established the Gabriela Mistral Scholarship/Beca Gabriela Mistral as part of St. John’s University’s graduate program in Spanish. Inspired by poetry from a young age, Dr. Gazarian had the opportunity to work with Gabriela Mistral, the first Nobel Laureate from Latin America, and has studied her works throughout the course of her career. Dr. Gazarian is the author of “Fernando Arrabal: Oráculo Entre Cielo y Tierra,” from 2019, and is the co-editor of, “Entre Rascacielos,” a literary journal she founded at St. John’s University in 2001. Involving her students in the creative realm, she is also the director of, “Beyond Skyscrapers,” a journal made up of students’ works including poetry, essays, and diary entries.

Dr. Gazarian has a long-standing history in the promotion of Hispanic culture in the U.S., for which she received the Al Mérito Cultural Award from the Government of Spain in 1981, as well as a Citation of Honor from the Honorable Claire Shulman, President of the Borough of Queens, in 1991 and 2000. She also holds a Certificate of Special Recognition from the U.S. Congress from 1997 and a Certificate of Congressional Recognition from the Government of Ecuador in 2000. She was awarded the Order of Don Quijote by Sigma Delta Pi in 2001, and was the recipient of the prestigious St. Vincent de Paul Teacher-Scholar Award in 2002 for her “continued excellence in teaching and scholarship.” In 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, and in 2004, she received from the Government of Chile the Order of Merit “Gabriela Mistral,” a decoration granted to literary figures, artists and scholars. Additionally, Dr. Gazarian notably received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Education from the Ministry of Culture of Ecuador and recognition from Fundacion FIDAL. In 2018, she became an honorary professor by Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja in Ecuador.

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