Sophie Bastien has been teaching for almost twenty five years and joined RMC in 2004, after working at Trent University (Peterborough) and the Université de Montréal, where she received her PhD in 2002.
She teaches a range of poetry courses, covering French poetry from the late Middle Ages, Quebec poetry from its origins, and 20th-century poetry in French. However, most of her specialized courses focus on 20th-century French literature: the dramatic and narrative genres and the Surrealist and Absurdist movements. She also teaches survey courses, including literature in France since the 17th century and in Quebec since the 19th century.
Her monograph Caligula et Camus. Interférences transhistoriques won in 2007 the Canadian Association of University French Professors Award. She also co-edited three collections of essays : La Passion du théâtre. Camus à la scène (Amsterdam, Rodopi, 2011), Le Surréalisme et les arts du spectacle (Lausanne, L’Âge d’homme, 2014), and Camus, l’artiste (Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2015). She is the guest editor of a special issue, entitled La Scène surréaliste, published in L’Annuaire théâtral (59) in 2016.
Her numerous articles and the seven colloquia that she co-organized deal with Albert Camus, surrealism, theatre and film studies, or Quebec literature.
She has served as an adjudicator for federal and provincial granting agencies, international journals, scholarly associations, and universities in Canada, the USA, and abroad. She also is an active member of significant professional associations, and is the president of the Société québécoise d’études théâtrales (SQET) since 2015.