Pedro Meira Monteiro

Position
Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
Role
Chair of Department
Office Phone
Office
349 East Pyne
Office Hours

Office hours by appointment via WASE.

Degrees
  • Ph.D. in Literary Theory and History from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp) in Brazil
  • DEA in Socio-Cultural History from the Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in France
  • M.A. in Sociology from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp) in Brazil
  • B.A. in Social Sciences from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp) in Brazil
Bio/Description

Profile

Pedro Meira Monteiro is the Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University, where he chairs the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

At Princeton, as well as abroad, he has taught courses on literature and society with a main focus on Brazil. The topics range from fiction, poetry, essays, and music to politics, race, and citizenship; his seminars have included “#readwomen,” “The Subject in Disguise,” “Machado de Assis,” “In Search of Lost Family,” and “Sound and Sense.”

Working at the intersection of cultural history and literature, he tends to complement his academic production by writing shorter texts for cultural magazines, blogs, and newspapers, as well as curating events in Brazil and the United States. He has edited, translated and authored a number of books, including The Other Roots: Wandering Origins in Roots of Brazil and the Impasses of Modernity in Ibero-America (Notre Dame UP, 2017), Conta-gotas: Máximas & Reflexões (E-galáxia, 2016), and The First Class: Transits of Brazilian Literature Abroad (Itaú Cultural, 2014, also available in Portuguese and Spanish).

Pedro Meira Monteiro has co-directed the Princeton summer programs in Brazil and Portugal along with Nicola Cooney since 2012. In 2018, João Biehl and he created Princeton’s Brazil LAB (Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies), a multi-disciplinary research and teaching hub for exploring the country’s history, politics, culture and science, which takes in faculty and students working in and on Brazil.

A year before he came to Princeton in 2002, he received his PhD in Literary Theory and History from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp) in Brazil, where he had also received a BA (1993) in Social Sciences and an MA (1996) in Sociology; he also has a DEA (2000) in Socio-Cultural History from the Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in France.

Articles, photographs, video and audio recordings of scholarly interest, as well as a blog, can be found on his website.