Teaching Assistants

Robledo Cabral

robledo cabralRobledo Cabral grew up in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he pursued his education in between the vibrant capital and the adjoining metropolitan cities. He holds a Teaching Degree in Language and Literature Studies (Portuguese and English) from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), as well as an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the same institution. His graduate studies addressed the intersections of language, gender and sexuality; in particular, his research explored the countless different ways in which individuals across the globe ascribe meaning to their coming out processes.

 From the early age of 17, Robledo has taught English as a Foreign Language to Brazilian students from various backgrounds. During his undergraduate years, he taught and developed cultural projects alongside hundreds of low-income students as part of UFRJ’s Cursos de Línguas Abertos à Comunidade. More recently, he has also offered private Brazilian Portuguese lessons to students from over 15 countries.

 Having been selected by the Fulbright Commission as one of this year’s Foreign Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs), Robledo could not be more thrilled to actively engage with the Portuguese program at Emory. 

Juan David Escobar

Juan David earned a B.A in English (2008-2011) and a MA in Latin American Literature (2012-2015) at the National University of Colombia, where he has been an English instructor and Literature professor since 2012. During his undergraduate years, he became involved with translation and literary theory. Juan David's undergraduate thesis explored Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray through the lens of Nietzsche’s theory of Apollonian and Dionysian discourse. He then turned his attention to Latin American literature. While pursuing a master’s degree, he wrote a thesis on Macedonio Fernández’s Museo de la Novela de la Eterna and Adriana Buenos Aires and the way the author deconstructs the reader of the realist tradition in both novels. Currently, Juan David is interested in the history of literary translation in Latin America, Latin American literature, translation theory, literary theory, language acquisition, aesthetics and politics. juan.david.escobar.chacon@emory.edu

Jose Londono

Jose Alejandro Londono is a PhD student in Hispanic Studies. He obtained a B.A in Literature at Universidad de los Andes, Bogota. He wrote for newspapers, interviewed writers, and he worked as a tour guide. Visiting lagoons, water reservoirs, he became interested in the politics and histories of water and energy. Later he did a M.A in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures at Western University, Canada. He wrote on Arguedas, hydroelectric power and malaria in Chimbote. Currently, at Emory, he explores Latin American aesthetics shaped in connection with water: rivers, lakes (artificial and not), agricultural regimes, urban waterscaping, ports, and mega-dams. He is interested in the works of artists such as Carolina Caycedo, Tony Capellán and Joiry Minaya, as they speak about spatial racism, accumulation by dispossession, neocolonialism and environmental injustice around liquid ecologies.  In his spare time, however, he is curious, and thinks of cartography in the Colonial times, science and visual cultures in the XIX century, Marxism, anarchist social theory, film theory, and feminist activism all around the world.  


Sabrina Marcano

 Sabrina Marcano is a Venezuelan journalist who earned her bachelor's degree from the Universidad Santa María, Venezuela, in 2018. During her undergraduate years, she received the Excellence Scholarship for four consecutive years, graduating with the highest honors and becoming the ceremony's Valedictorian. Sabrina is an Italian-Argentine descendant and has spent most of her life living in the United States and Venezuela. In 2019, she obtained her M.A. in Spanish Literature, Language and Culture from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she was granted the Dean's Fellowship by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Marcano is currently working on ethnographic studies focusing on new religious modalities in Mexico, borderland cities, and Colombia. She is interested in cross-cultural and multidisciplinary approaches to research syncretism, narco-culture, and sociocultural phenomena.

Giovana Perini-Loureiro


Having finished her studies in English Teaching and her M.A. in descriptive linguistics, Giovana now focuses on pragmatics for her Ph.D. studies at UFMG (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais). Her thesis investigates the American and Brazilian societies interacting online when apologizing. During her research, she noticed the different expectations the American and Brazilian communities hold when trying to repair previous offenses in social media.

Throughout her years as a language student and teacher, Giovana has gained much perspective on how important teaching cultural aspects of a language is to enable higher fluency. In her 10 years as an English teacher, Giovana has also had the opportunity to teach undergrads how to be teachers themselves in Methodological Fundamentals of Teaching ESL. As a personal initiative, Giovana created culturally focused Portuguese lessons for English speakers, an experience that aroused her desire for teaching her mother tongue abroad.

As a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA), Giovana wishes to be able to support the program by teaching students not only the Portuguese language itself but also different cultural and pragmatic aspects surrounding its communities. Personally, she is eager to share details of her home state of Minas Gerais and her beloved soccer team, Clube Atlético Mineiro.