Isabela Fraga
MW 5:30-6:30 & by appt.
Cohort Year: 2016
Advisor(s): Agnes Lugo-Ortiz

Bio: Before joining the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies program in 2016, Isabela completed a BA in Journalism and an MA in Media and Cultural Studies, both from the Rio de Janeiro Federal University, in Brazil. Her dissertation traces the concepts of feeling, sensibility, and sentiment in epistemologies of slavery in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Brazil and Cuba. More specifically, she is interested in the notion of feeling both as a constitutive element of enslaved subjectivities and as a material agent informing medical, legal, financial, and political practices. Other scholarly interests include philosophy of science, psychiatry, and transatlantic scientific and literary connections.

Research interests: Eighteenth- and nineteenth- century intellectual production in Brazil and Cuba; slavery; history of medicine; affect theory; cultural studies; theories of diaspora; postcolonial studies

Dissertation: Subjected to Feeling: Sensibility and Slavery in Brazil and Cuba

Recent Courses in RLL
  • PORT 12200 Portuguese for Spanish Speakers (Spring 2019)
  • SPAN 10300 Beginning Elementary Spanish III (Winter 2019)
  • SPAN 22520 Slavery as Metaphor in Latin America (Autumn 2020)