Esther Allen has translated a number of books from French and Spanish, including the Penguin Classics anthology José Martí: Selected Writings, Rex by José Manuel Prieto, Lands of Memory by Felisberto Hernández, Dark Back of Time by Javier Marías, and Alma Guillermoprieto's Dancing with Cuba: A Memoir of the Revolution. With Susan Bernofsky, she edited In Translation: Translators on Their Work and What It Means. She edited and contributed to the International PEN report on translation and globalization, To Be Translated or Not To Be (Institut Ramon Llull, 2007). A former fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, she was named a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government for her work promoting a culture of translation in English. She teaches at Baruch College, City University of New York.