Ana Catarina Teixeira

Director of the Portuguese Program and Associate Teaching Professor of Portuguese, Core Faculty in the Institute for African Studies

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Office: N509 Callaway Center

Phone: 404-727-2691



A proud first-generation college graduate, Professor Ana Catarina Teixeira completed her PhD in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown University (2014). Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2014, Prof. Teixeira taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of North Carolina at Asheville, the University of Rhode Island, and Brigham Young University. Her primary research and teaching interests are in the areas of postcolonial and cultural studies, with a focus on the formation of national identity in post-independence Angolan narratives and the literary and cinematographic connections of the Luso-Afro-Brazilian triangle. She is also interested in best practices for second-language acquisition.

She has directed the Portuguese Program at Emory since 2015 and is the advisor for the Spanish and Portuguese major and the Lusophone Studies minor. Prof. Teixeira is also Core Faculty at the Institute for African Studies, for which she teaches multiple cross-listed courses. As Faculty-in-Residence, Prof. Teixeira serves as the advisor to Empowering First, a living and learning community for first-generation college students at Emory.

Prof. Teixeira has lived, travelled and done research in Portugal, Brazil, Angola, and the Cape Verde islands. Her work on the literatures and cultures of Lusophone Africa, Portugal, and Brazil includes multiple published articles, reviews, author interviews, and translations.

She is also the proud mother of Lucas and Beatriz.

Scholarly Interests:

Nexus between Fiction and History, Literature of Resistance, National Discourse Formation
Discourses about Race, Gender, and Political Ideology
Luso-African Literature, Culture, and Film
Constructions of Afro-Portuguese Citizenship
The Literature of the Brazilian Sertão
Best Practices for Language Acquisition
Arts-Integrated Language and Literature Pedagogy