Welcome to my Site


I am a Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures at Princeton University. I came to the United States in 2002, after academic training in Brazil (Unicamp) and France (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines). Since then, I have lectured in several countries and have been a visiting professor in Brazil. Moving between places and disciplines has left a mark on my work, in which I combine literature and cultural history.

At Princeton I am the Acting Director of the Program in Latin American Studies, and the co-director of the Princeton-USP network, Race and Citizenship in the Americas. I am currently working on a biography of Brazilian historian and literary critic Sérgio Buarque de Holanda, and I am co-editing an annotated version of his classic Raízes do Brasil.

I have a blog where I post my contributions to newspapers and magazines, as well as some occasional pieces. It’s called Pena vadia, which means a wandering, trampish pen.