Portuguese Program Coordinator and Visiting Professor

Room: MHN 241
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 2930
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Research Interests

Portuguese language

Didactics of Portuguese as a second language

Comparative literature


Lusophone literatures and cultures

Afro-European literatures in Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian

Feminism and women's writing

Critical race studies

African studies

Cultural studies


Research Projects

My current book project, Transcultural Bodies: a Comparative Approach to Dissident ‘Minor’ Women’s Writings in Portuguese, Italian, and Spanish, is a comparative study of literary works written by women in Portugal, Spain, and Italy as well as these countries’ former African colonies of Mozambique, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, and Somalia. The transnational conversation amongst these texts highlights shared preoccupations with breaching national myths, countering stereotypes, and historical redress.




1. Member

Canadian Association of Teachers of Portuguese (CATPor)


Current Teaching

POR 1901/1902 Elementary Portuguese | Portugais élémentaire

POR 2901/2902 Intermediate Portuguese | Cours intermédiaire de portugais

POR 3901/3902 Advanced Portuguese | Portugais avancé

POR 2101 Cultures of Portuguese-speaking Countries | Cultures des pays de langue portugaise

POR 3101 Literature and Cinema of the Portuguese-speaking Countries | Littérature et cinéma des pays de langue portugaise


Selected Degrees

Ph.D. (2018) – Cultural Mediations / Literary Studies – Carleton University

M.A. (2011) – Mozambican Literature – Universidade da Coruña, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela and Universidade de Vigo (joint program)

B.A. (2006) – Teaching of Portuguese – Universidade do Minho


Selected Publications

“The Divided Mind: New Perspectives on Colonial Representations in Isabela Figueiredo’s Caderno de Memórias Coloniais”. Romance Notes. University of North Carolina: Chapel Hill. 53:2, 2013. 237-244.

“Body as a cultural itinerary in the works of Paulina Chiziane”. Journeys. Postcolonial Trajectories and Representations. Húmus, CEHUM Editions: Famalicão, 2012.  429-450.


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