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Leonora Paula is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Michigan State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California San Diego (UCSD), an M.A. in Literary Studies, and a B.A. in English and Portuguese from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG). She specializes in twentieth and twenty-first century Brazilian Literature and Culture. Her research and teaching interests include Afro-Brazilian Culture, Latin American Literature and Culture, Critical Geographies, and Urban Art. Her current research examines the role of Afro-descendants, Black women, and spatially segregated artists and writers in transforming representations of urban life in 21st century Brazil. Her publications include peer-reviewed articles about Afro-Brazilian Women’s Literature, Contemporary Brazilian Literature, and Urban Art in Brazil and Argentina. Leonora holds a certificate as Instructor of Portuguese as Second and Heritage Language and is the founding co-director of the Sister Circle Mentoring Program for Women of Color at Michigan State University.
Co-sponsors: Center for Africana Studies and Department of Africana Studies