Curriculum Vitae

2014     Ph.D. in Latin American Studies, Tulane University
Dissertation: “Mediating Authenticity: Gender, Race, and Representation in the Careers of Clementina de Jesus and Carolina Maria de Jesus”

2009     M.A. in Latin American Studies, Tulane University
Thesis: “A Turma do Pererê: Representations of Race and Gender in a Pre-Dictatorial Brazilian Children’s Comic”

2001     B.A. in Studio Art, Bard College


2013-     Limited-Term Assistant Professor of Portuguese
Department of Foreign Languages, United States Military Academy, West Point NY

Courses taught: Brazilian Civilization, Basic Portuguese, Intermediate Portuguese, Portuguese in the Media


Refereed Journal Articles

2016     “No Tempo de Zicartola: Locating Cultural Intermediation and Social Change in Rio de Janeiro, 1963-65.” Hispania. Forthcoming.

2010     “Ziraldo’s A turma de Pererê: Representations of Race in a Brazilian Children’s Comic.” Afro-Hispanic Review 29.2: 143-160.

Book Chapter

2014     “A Turma do Pererê: Visualizations of Gender in a Brazilian Children’s Comic.” Gender, Empire and Postcolony: Luso-Afro-Brazilian Intersections. Eds. Hillary Owen and Anna M. Klobucka. Palgrave Macmillan.

Manuscripts in Progress

“Afro-Brazilian Amongst Africans: Clementina de Jesus in Dakar, 1966.” Final edits.


2012     John M. Tolman Travel Award, Brazilian Studies Association

2011     Newcomb College Center for Research on Women
Summer Research Fellowship for dissertation research in Brazil

2009     Foreign Language and Area Studies
Fellowship for Graduate Language Study towards University of Florida Summer Program in Rio de Janeiro

2009     Donald F. Robertson Prize for Best Graduate Paper in the Humanities on a Latin American Topic for “A Turma do Pererê: Blackness-As-Other in a Brazilian Children’s Comic,”Tulane University

2007-2009      Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for Graduate Language Study

2008     Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Tulane University
Summer Research Grant for fieldwork in Brazil


2016     “Liberdade, Liberdade: Africa as Symbol in Maria Firmina dos Reis’s Úrsula.” APSA International Conference, Stanford University, October 13-15.

Quarto de Despejo no Palco: the Quest for Authenticity in Representations of Poverty.” BRASA XIII, Brown University, March 31-April 3.

2014     “Clementina de Jesus: from Cultural “Discovery” to Cultural “Ambassador.” Saldívar and Ackerlind Mentorship Colloquium, Department of Foreign Languages, United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, February 19-21.

2013     “No Tempo de Zicartola: Cultural Mediation Between Favela and Asfalto in Rio de Janeiro, 1963-65.” MLA Annual Conference, Boston MA, January 3-6.

2012     “From ‘Discovery’ to Ambassador: Clementina de Jesus in Dakar and Cannes, 1966.” BRASA XI, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, September 6-8.

2009     “A Turma do Pererê: Visualizations of Gender in a Brazilian Children’s Comic.” Gender, Empire, and Postcolony: Intersections in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, October 9-11.


2015     “Hour by Hour: Making Time for Research and Writing.” Department of Foreign Languages Fourth Annual Research Brown Bag, United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, December 8.

2013     Co-Presenter, Stone Center for Latin American Studies Summer K-12 Teacher Institute. “Exploring Brazil: a Window into the Language & Culture of a Country on the Rise.” University of Georgia, Athens. June 9-13.


Adjunct Instructor of Portuguese, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
2011 – 2012 (Fall) Introduction to Intensive Brazilian Portuguese
2012 – 2013 (Spring) Intermediate Portuguese

Teaching Fellow and Instructor of Record, Latin American Studies Department
2009 – 2010 (Fall) Introduction to Latin American Studies I
2010 – 2012 (Spring) Introduction to Latin American Studies II

2002 CIPEX Idiomas, Panambi, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
2003 Centro Linguístico de Idiomas Canadenses, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil


2007-2008     Research Assistant to Mauro Porto
Department of Communications, Tulane University
Conducted quantitative content analysis of the news program “Jornal Nacional” for a project on the role of television in Brazilian politics since democratization in 1985.

2004-2005     Lead Survey Administrator, Open Doors to Health Project, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston MA
Oversaw site organization and recruitment of residents for participation in a cancer prevention study in low-income housing sites, developed and refined data collection protocols, conducted interviews in English and Spanish.


Co-Leader of 3 week Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) trip to Brazil, Summer 2015
Semester Abroad Participant Selection Committee, 2014


2010-2013     Spanish and Portuguese Interpreter
Food Stamp Program, Department of Social Services, State of Louisiana

2005-2007     Brazilian Immigrant Community Loan Officer
New England Program, ACCION USA, Boston MA

2003-2004     New England Regional Sales Director, Sambazon Inc
Promoted recognition and sales of frozen organic Brazilian fruit in natural food stores and Brazilian markets in the Boston area.


Twentieth Century Brazilian History

Brazilian Civilization

Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Brazilian Popular Music

Brazilian Immigrant Communities in the U.S.

Race, Gender, and Power in Brazil

Cultural Intermediation in Latin America

Portuguese Language (Beginner through Advanced)


English: Native

Portuguese: Near-native

Spanish: Advanced-High

French: Intermediate


Brazilian American Studies Association

Latin American Studies Association

American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese

Modern Language Association