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Teaching Areas:


Brazilian Literature, Art, Cinema, and Popular Culture
Spanish American literature and Cinema


Cultural Studies
Brazilian Culture


B.A. and M.A. Universidade de São Paulo
Ph.D. Indiana University: Departments of Comparative Literature and Spanish and Portuguese

Previous positions held:
Stanford University (Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Center for Latin American Studies and Program on Urban Studies):Associate Professor with tenure (2005-2006); Assistant Professor (1999-2005).
Universidade Mackenzie (São Paulo): Lecturer, 1999.
Pontifícia Universidade Católica (São Paulo): Lecturer, 1999.

Visiting positions held:

Universidade de São Paulo, Departamentos de Teoria Literária e Letras Vernáculas (August-September 2014); ENAH, Mexico (July 2007);  Universidade de Lisboa, Centro de Estudos Comparatistas (April- June 2004)
New College, San Francisco, Masters Program on Poetics (May 2003)
Oberlin College, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese (November 2001)

Member of Editorial Board:

Estudos de Literatura Brasileira Contempornea. Universidade de Brasília.
Revista Nova Travessia, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina.
Revista de Letras da Universidade Federal do Paraná.
UNICEM University Press (Mato Grosso, Brazil), Parambi Series (UNESCO)

Research interests

Brazilian literature and culture. Indigenous cultures of Brazil. Contemporary indigenous cultural production from Brazil. Racism against indigenous populations. The city in Brazil and Spanish America from 19th-century to the present. Current projects: Racism and anti-racism in Brazil: the case of indigenous peoples' (with Felipe Milanez Pereira, UFBA); and 'Cultures of anti-racism in Latin America (with Peter Wade and Ignacio Aguiló). Author of Life in the Megalopolis: Mexico City and São Paulo (Routledge 2007); Rain Forest Literatures: Amazonian Texts and Latin American Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 2004).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Areas of expertise

  • PC Romance languages
  • PN0080 Criticism

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Urban Institute


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