Alyson Waters received a PhD in Comparative Literature from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. After 5 years of teaching literary translation workshops on the graduate level at NYU and Columbia, she returns to Yale to teach introductory and intermediate classes in literary translation.
Her specialization as a translator is modern and contemporary French and Francophone literary fiction. She has translated many authors, among whom Vassilis Alexakis, Louis Aragon, Emmanuel Bove, Albert Cossery, Jean Giono, Hubert Haddad, and Daniel Pennac. She has been awarded several grants and prizes for her translations, including, in 2012, the Florence Gould/French-American Translation prize for her translation of Eric Chevillard’s Prehistoric Times. Her current projects include translating the work of prize-winning children’s author Claude Ponti (Elsewhere Editions) and two books by the “godfather and wizard of polars,” Jean-Patrick Manchette (New York Review Books).
Waters is also the Managing Editor of Yale French Studies.