Media fame is usually not something that is ascribed to modern scholars and scientists, except for a few personalities. Among the few is Noam Chomsky whose work in the field of linguistics and history has earned him special recognition in the mainstream media. As is always the case, celebrities often have some of their fame extended to those they maintain close relationships with. That is exactly the case with Valeria Wasserman, whom Noam Chomsky married after his first wife, Carol Doris Chomsky, passed on in 2008.
Wasserman has, however, chosen to live her life away from the spotlight, thereby heightening the curiosity of her husband’s fans who want to know more about her. To calm this curiosity, and understanding of her life and history will be beneficial.
Dissecting The Background And Career Of Valeria Wasserman
A translator of Brazilian nationality, Valeria Wasserman was born in the early 1960s in Brazil where she also grew up. Following her college education, Wasserman studied Law at Universidade Federal Fluminense. She subsequently proceeded to Universidade Caolica do Rio de Janeiro where she studied the English and Portuguese languages.
Following the completion of her education, Valeria Wasserman worked for several firms over the years. She landed her first job in 1992 which saw her work in a legal role in an investment bank. Valeria also worked as a legal assistant in several law offices but never settled on a career in law. She instead, expanded her academic portfolio by taking a specialization course in Capital Market Analysis at Universidade de Sao Paulo in 1995.
On completing her studies, Wasserman ventured into print translation and publishing. Taking advantage of her language degree, she joined the National Association of Magazine’s Publishers where she served as a director’s assistant. In 2006, she established her own company which she named Little Faces. The company is located in Boston, Massachusetts.
In 2009, Valerie joined ArtVentures, a cultural projects and translation company as an English-Portuguese translator, and has maintained her position to date. As a translator, Valeria Wasserman has worked on various research papers, books and other works, including published works of notable authors like Dianne Newell, Roberto Varjabedian, David Lehmann, and many more.
Valeria’s Relationship With Noam Chomsky Led Her Rise To Popularity
Following the passing of his wife, Carol Doris, when he was eighty years of age, very few would have expected Noam Chomsky to get married again. But didn’t they say that one is never too old to fall in love again?
Valeria Wasserman and Noam Chomsky spent quite a long time together before they finally tied the knot in 2014. How the two met, however, remains under wraps. But considering the fact that both of them are members of the linguist community, the possibility of meeting through their work is not far-fetched.
At the time of their wedding, Noam Chomsky was 86 while Valeria Wasserman was 51. Despite the huge 35-year age difference between Valeria and Noam, the couple has maintained a relationship characterized by much love and companionship, with zero news of scandal, divorce or other marital issues. The couple shares their time between the United States and Brazil.
Prior to meeting and marrying Noam Chomsky, Valeria Wasserman was completely in obscurity as far as media notice is concerned. The Brazilian translator only made it to the spotlight through her relationship with the renowned linguist. Her husband, Noam Chomsky, is also a widely published author, historian, philosopher, cognitive scientist, political critic, and social activist. He is one of the founders of cognitive science and is also widely regarded as the father of modern linguistics.
Alongside his works in linguistics, Chomsky has also published numerous works in other fields including politics. So far, he has over a hundred published books to his credit. He remains one of the world’s most cited scholars alive. Noam Chomsky has also taught at notable academic institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Arizona. While he works as an Institute Professor Emeritus at the former, he holds the position of a Laureate Professor at the latter.
As a political commentator, Noam Chomsky is a well-known critic of the United States’ Foreign Policy. He openly condemns the country’s involvement in the Vietnam War, their Iraq invasion, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Chomsky’s social activism has earned him numerous arrests. Notable among them were the ones that occurred during President Richard Nixon’s administration. He was also an outspoken supporter of the Occupy Movement.
Noam Chomsky is known to be a very private person who discreetly keeps his personal, academic, and political life separate from one another. He especially keeps his personal life (which he rarely talks about) away from the spotlight.
Meet Valeria Wasserman’s Children With Chomsky
Valeria Wasserman does not have any biological child with Chomsky. She is, however, stepmom to his three children from his marriage to first wife, Carol Doris, whom he was married to from 1949 till her demise in 2008.
The eldest of Valeria’s stepchildren is Aviva Chomsky. She was born on April 20, 1957. Just like her dad, Aviva is also an academic, a historian to be precise. She studied at the University of California at Berkeley and subsequently at Harvard University. Now a professor of history, Aviva has worked at various major schools, including Bates College in Maine and Salem State University in Massachusetts. She is currently the ‘Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies’ coordinator at the latter. Aviva is also a published author and activist.
Following Aviva is Diane Chomsky who was born in 1960. Diane had left the U.S for Nicaragua in her mid-twenties. There, she took up a volunteer job at a socialist political party newspaper, the Sandinista, and eventually married one of the party’s activists. She has since remained in the Central American country, living in poverty and refusing to have anything to do with her family’s fame and wealth.
The last of Valeria Wasserman’s stepchildren is Chomsky’s only son with Carol, Harry Chomsky, who was born in 1967. Harry, who lives his life completely away from the spotlight, is a violinist and computer software engineer. He lives in Berkeley and does not seem to openly interfere in public matters such as politics and the rest.