On sabbatical 2018-2019
I’m the Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University, where I chair the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and co-direct the Brazil LAB.
At Princeton, as well as abroad, I’ve 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; my 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, I tend to complement my academic production by writing shorter texts for cultural magazines, blogs, and newspapers, as well as curating events in Brazil and the United States. I have 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).
I’ve co-directed the Princeton summer programs in Brazil and Portugal along with Nicola Cooney since 2012. In 2018, João Biehl and I 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 I came to Princeton in 2002, I received my PhD in Literary Theory and History from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp) in Brazil, where I had also received a BA (1993) in Social Sciences and an MA (1996) in Sociology; I also have 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 my website.