Pedro Meira Monteiro

Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
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349 East Pyne

On sabbatical 2018-2019




Pedro Meira Monteiro is the Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University. He teaches courses on Latin America with a special focus on literature and society in Brazil, ranging from fiction, poetry, essays and music, to politics, race and citizenship.

Working in the intersection of intellectual history and literature, Professor Meira Monteiro has combined academic production with the writing of shorter texts for cultural magazines, blogs and newspapers. He has edited, translated and authored several books, which include The Other Roots: Wandering Origins in Roots of Brazil and the Impasses of Modernity in Ibero-America (University of Notre Dame Press, 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).

Professor Meira Monteiro has led several international initiatives at Princeton. From 2013 to 2017 he co-directed the Princeton/University of São Paulo network on “Race and Citizenship in the Americas.” Along with Nicola Cooney, Professor Meira Monteiro co-directs the Princeton summer programs in Brazil and Portugal. He has been a visiting professor and has lectured around the world.

Texts, videos and photos of scholarly interest, as well as the blog, pena vadia can be found at Professor Meira Monteiro’s website (


  • Ph.D., Literary Theory and History, Unicamp, Brazil
  • D.E.A., Socio-Cultural History, Université de Versailles, France
  • B.A. and M.A., Sociology, Unicamp, Brazil