Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

Westfield State University English Professor Sophia Sarigianides co-authors book

CONTACT: Troy Watkins,, 413.572.5523

Westfield—Westfield State University Professor of English Sophia Sarigianides, Ph.D, co-authored a book, Letting Go of Literary Whiteness: Antiracist Literature Instruction for White Students, which has been published by Columbia University’s Teachers College Press. The book is co-written by Carlin Borsheim-Black, Ph.D., an associate professor of English at Central Michigan University.

As the description of the work reads, “Rooted in examples from their own and others’ classrooms, the authors offer discipline-specific practices for implementing antiracist literature instruction in White-dominant schools.” Explored in the chapters are different aspects of anti-racist literature teaching and learning, including focuses on finding literature that highlights the perspectives of people of color and how to create assessments for racial literacy.

Professor Sarigianides is a professor the coordinator of secondary English at Westfield State. She earned a Ph.D. in English education from the Teachers College of Columbia University. She also holds a M.A. from University of California, Irvine and a B.A. from UCLA, where she graduated summa cum laude.

Prior to working at Westfield State, she taught graduate English education courses at Teachers College at Columbia University, as well as secondary English at middle schools and high schools. In addition to studying the significance of race in English teaching, she conducts research on the effects on teacher thinking and young adult representation in its namesake genre from the constructs of adolescence.

Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society. For more information about Westfield State University, visit,, or ###

Go back