Born in an Italian-Brazilian family in São Paulo, Brazil, different languages and cultures have always been part of my life. One can get to know different cultures, customs, and peoples through language, so I decided to work professionally with it and help students open their worlds to these different realities. In 2010 I received a BA in Languages and Literature - Portuguese and English from the Universidade Federal de São Carlos. The following year I received a Fulbright scholarship to teach Portuguese in the United States, and after that I earned both an MA and a PhD in Romance Languages - Portuguese and Spanish from the University of Georgia. While at the University of Georgia I created the magazine Fala Aí, in which students and speakers of Portuguese had the opportunity to learn more about and share their knowledge of the Lusophone world. At UChicago I am the editor-in-chief of Revista Væranda
Teaching Portuguese and Spanish at the University of Chicago since 2020, I look for opportunities to bring authentic experiences with language and culture into the classroom by means of online videos, podcasts, video games etc.
I am also interested in the presence and the perception of immigration in narrative literature, mainly Italian immigration in Argentina and Brazil in late 19th and early 20th centuries. I pay special attention to how this immigration is represented in the literature produced in the cities of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and São Paulo, Brazil. I also study the different ways this type of immigration is represented in different media, such as film and newspapers, as well as other genres in literature, and the relation it has with the creation of national identity.
Recent courses in RLL
- PORT 10100 Elementary Portuguese I (Autumn 2020)