University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC n 2009

Ph.D. in Romance Languages

Dissertation: “Mia Couto and Mozambique: The Renegotiation of the National Narrative and Identity in an African Nation

Minor in Communication Studies

Certificate in Cultural Studies

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC n 2000

M.A. in Luso-Brazilian Literature

Thesis: “The human conflict from a Freudian perspective in Nelson Rodrigues' A Mulher sem pecado, Vestido de Noiva and Valsa nº 6

Universidade Fernando Pessoa, Porto, Portugal n 1995

B.A. in Communication Studies

Areas of Concentration: Film Studies, Journalism, and Radio & Video Production and Editing


The Learned Society Conference Grant to “4.º Congresso internacional: Pelos mares da língua portuguesa” Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal, 2018.

The STARTALK Portuguese Teacher Training in Backward Design Travel Grant to Boston University, MA – 2018.

The STARTALK Portuguese Teacher Training in Intercultural competence instruction Travel Grant to Boston University, MA – 2017.

The Learned Society Conference Grant to Lusophone Studies Association 2017 Conference “The Lusophone World in Motion: Past, Present and Future”, Aracajú, Brazil, 2017.

The Luso-American Development Foundation Travel Grant to the second edition of the Summer School in Portugal for Teachers of Portuguese in the US, administered and certified by the University of the Azores, 2012

· The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University Travel Grant to the 94th Annual AATSP Conference in Porto Rico, 2012.

· 2010 Award for University Professor of Portuguese given by the Universidade dos Açores, Portugal and the Portuguese World Language Institute at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA in recognition of the work done in the advancement of the Portuguese language in the United States.

· The Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University: Travel Grant to Brazil, 2008.

· The Center for Brazilian Studies at Columbia University: Travel Grant to Brazil, 2007.

· Council for European Studies at Columbia University: The Luso-American Development Foundation Fellowships for Research in Portugal, 2002.

Teaching experience 

Director Middlebury Portuguese Language School: 2022 - Present

Responsible for overseeing administrative tasks and scheduling classes; development and implementation of the curriculum; hiring and training teachers and support staff; managing the budget and finances; promoting and developing marketing strategies and partnerships; ensuring high-quality student services, including academic support, counseling, and extracurricular activities; and ensuring high standards of academic quality.

Lecturer in Portuguese n Princeton University: 2010 - Present

Portuguese Summer Program Director and Instructor n Princeton University: 2015


Elementary Portuguese

Intermediate Portuguese

Portuguese for Spanish Speakers

Portuguese Languages and Cultures through Film

Journeys in Portuguese: Studies in Language and Culture


Elementary Spanish

Intermediate Spanish

Advanced Spanish

Portuguese Summer Program Director and Instructor n Yale University: Summer of 2013

I took twelve Yale students to Brazil for two months. We stayed in three cities: São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. We have three hour classes every day, followed by visits to businesses, cultural events, after school programs, etc.

Responsible for the program of studies/syllabi, coordinated travel arrangements, organized field trips to businesses, cultural events, after school programs, etc. and maintained the accounting of the program.


Intermediate Portuguese I & II

Portuguese Instructor n International School of the United Nations: 2010

Portuguese for Heritage speakers

Development of a new Portuguese Program for Heritage speakers offered as an extracurricular activity.

Lecturer in Portuguese n Columbia University: 2004 - 2010

Portuguese Program Coordinator: Responsible for restructuring the curriculum, establishing a Minor in Portuguese in the Fall 2007, advising students, Placement exams, Proficiency exams, Weekly Conversation hour, course scheduling, maintain cohesion of the program in the implementation of area goals, objectives, and plans linked to those of the department. 


Elementary Portuguese I & II

Portuguese for Spanish Speakers

Intermediate Portuguese I & II

Advanced Expression and Style

Conversation Class about the Lusophone World

Introduction to Lusophone Literature – 20th Century

Introduction to Portuguese Studies

Lusophone Africa and Afro-Brazilian Cultures; Cultural Resistance in the Portuguese–Speaking World (in English)

Brazilian Culture and Civilization (in English)

Teaching Fellow n University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC: 1997 - 2004

Developed syllabi and overall course structure, including weekly lab practice. 


Elementary Portuguese 1

Elementary Portuguese 2 

Intermediate Portuguese 3 

Intermediate Portuguese 4 

Intensive Intermediate Portuguese 3+4 


Elementary Spanish 1

Elementary Spanish 2 

Language Instructor n University of South Carolina at Columbia: Summer 2002, 2003 and 2004

Portuguese: Intensive course in grammar and conversation to prepare a group of students from the business school to do an internship in Brazil.

Language Instructor n Chapel Hill Institute for Cultural and Language Education: 2002 - 2004

Portuguese: Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced and Conversation

Spanish: Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced and Conversation

Translations into and from Portuguese, Spanish and English.

Teaching Assistant n Universidade Fernando Pessoa, Oporto, Portugal: 1995 - 1996

Audiovisual Production and Editing: Collaborated on curriculum and exam development, advised students, and graded written work.