I’m a professor at Princeton University and currently the chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. I also serve as the co-director of the Princeton-Universidade de São Paulo network, Race and Citizenship in the Americas.
I came to Princeton in 2002, after completing my academic training in Brazil (Unicamp) and France (Université de Versailles St-Quentin-en-Yvelines). Since then, I have lectured and taught in several countries. Moving between places and disciplines has profoundly shaped my scholarly work, in which I combine literature and cultural history.
Apart from texts, videos, and photographs, I have a blog on this site where I post my contributions to magazines and newspapers, as well as some occasional pieces. It’s called pena vadia, which means a wandering, trampish pen.