- A.B., Oberlin College, 1998
- M.A., M.Phil, Yale University, 2001
- Ph.D., Yale University, 2007
Claire Solomon received her Ph.D. in Spanish from Yale University in 2007. Her areas of specialization are 20th- and 21st-century Latin American literature and theory, particularly as they can articulate the multiple relationships of art, culture, and State to potentiate intellectual freedom. She has taught seminars entitled "Text and State: Dictatorship, Literature and Resistance," "Literature and History," "Women Writers" and "Literary Prostitutes," all of which begin by problematizing stock identities and then focus on close reading and theory as complementary means of allowing literature to expand who we are rather than limiting our enjoyment to that of corroborating preexisting ideas. At Washington University in St. Louis her courses also include "Latin American Literature Beyond Identity" and "Spanish American Literature II."
Professor Solomon is the author of articles on the topic of literary prostitution as a destabilizing force in Latin American cultural discourses, both a cross-cultural trope from which to trace legal, economic and historical thought through moments of crisis and also a means of disarticulating disciplinary assumptions about women, logic, subjectivity and value. Her current research focuses on early 20th-century traveling Yiddish theater companies in the Americas --as well as their contemporary and historical avatars-- as mobile communities in which varied movements of language, literature, humanism, religion and ethics converge in the wake of consecutive waves of mass emigration from Europe.