Sofie Verraest was born in Kortrijk in 1986. She studied Dutch and French literature and linguistics at Ghent University and Aix-Marseille Université (2004-2007) and subsequently obtained a Master’s degree in Comparative Modern Literature (Ghent University, 2008). With a scholarship for specialization granted by the Flemish Community, she was enrolled in an M.A. of Philosophy at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski during the academic year of 2008-2009, after which she was employed on a doctoral research project funded by the Flemish Fund for Scientific Research (FWO). The results of this research are documented in the dissertation entitled ‘Eutopia Unbound: Imagining Good Places in Narratives from 1945 to the Present,’ which Verraest successfully defended in 2016.
At Ghent University, Verraest has taught MA students in Comparative Modern Literature Studies within the framework of “Topical Matters in Comparative Literature Studies” (2012), and BA3 students in both Architecture and Literature Studies within the framework of the seminars “Narrativity and Discourse in Urbanism: the Case of ‘Le Grand Paris’” (2010) and “Odd Spaces in Literature: Motifs of Heterotopias, Utopias and Dystopias” (2011). As a visiting professor, she is currently teaching BA2 students at the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy about "General Literature Studies" (Algemene Literatuurwetenschap).