Born and raised in South Korea, Yeongju received her B.A. and M.A. in Hispanic Literature at Seoul National University. Before moving to Atlanta, she lived in various cities in Korea and in Malaga, Spain. Her interest is in formation of cultural identity, popular culture, digital technology and ethics of the Others. She is especially interested in pursuing research on the wide range of cultural identities that have been generated by recent global dynamics and on cultural representations of the guilt that privileged majorities have towards minorities.
Joana Luz was born and raised in Brazil. She holds an B.A. in Portuguese and English Teaching from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), and an M.A. in Linguistics from the Rio Grande do Sul Pontiff Catholic University (PUCRS). During her undergraduate course, she was a Tutorial Teaching Program (PET) fellow. PET is a national program that supports students all around Brazil to create, manage and execute academic projects. Also, she was a Primary Teacher and a Teaching Assistant at Portuguese For Foreigners Program (PPE UFRGS), so she prepared and delivered basic, intermediate and advanced Portuguese classes to foreign students. In 2014, she was invited to be a member of Brazilian Association to Incentivize Science (ABRIC), an awarded NGO in Brazil whose mission is to promote science education and scientific culture among youth. As a volunteer and agent of social change, Joana evaluated and supported young researchers in international scientific fairs. Besides, she was responsible for coordinating Scientia Prima journal, as its editor-in-chief. Scientia Prima is the first scientific journal reserved exclusively for papers written by Brazilian high school students. Afterwards, her Master’s degree was concentrated on language disorders related to reading skills. Joana received a CNPq scholarship and became a member of ACERTA, which is a research project headed by scientists from PUCRS, UFSC and UFRN, and recently favored by a research partnership with Yale University. As a Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA), Joana is currently taking courses at the Laney Graduate School and working as a Portuguese Teaching Assistant. Her research interests include Second Language Teaching, Language Development, Human Cognition and the relation between Culture and Behavior.
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Guilherme Von Streber
Guilherme Von Streber earned his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish at Lee University in Cleveland, TN. As an undergraduate, he focused his studies in Sociolinguistics and Foreign Language Methodologies. He is currently working on a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Hispanic Studies at Emory University. His research interests are in language attitudes and the contact of Spanish and Portuguese in the border territories of South America. He is interested in knowing how linguistic practices and their cultural implications shape the identities of their speakers. Additionally, he also has a particular interest in Pedagogy and Foreign Language Teaching. Guilherme is originally from Poços de Caldas-Minas Gerais, Brazil. He lived in Paraguay for most of his life and moved to the United States in 2014. He speaks Portuguese, Spanish, English, and Guaraní.