Meet Our Portuguese Faculty


Core Faculty in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Ana Catarina Teixeira

Ana Teixeira

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.

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.

Katherine Ostrom

Katherine Ostrom

Katherine Ostrom grew up in Minnesota and has spent time in Argentina, Brazil, France, Spain, and Romania. She holds a B.A. in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of Chicago and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Hispanic and Lusophone Literatures and Cultures from the University of Minnesota. Her recent research has focused on formulations of gender, sexuality, and national identity in hard-boiled crime fiction from Argentina and Brazil. Her other research and teaching interests include adaptation and parody, popular music, Afro-Latin American history and culture, and dictatorship and human rights.

Prof. Ostrom directed the Portuguese program at Emory from 2012 to 2015. In January 2016, she became Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Spanish Major and Minor, but she continues to teach Portuguese as well as Spanish and to help organize Portuguese program activities.


Ana Letícia Fauri

ana fauriAna Leticia Fauri holds an M. A. and a Ph. D. in Literary Theory from Faculdade de Letras at PUCRS (2006), in Brazil, and a second M. A. and Ph.D. in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies (2016) from Brown University.

 Originally from Porto Alegre (RS), Brazil, professor Fauri has experienced living, researching, and teaching in Brazil, Portugal, and in the United States. She has published several articles and essays on the representation of identity, and the political thought and ideology of Portuguese and Brazilian writers. She is currently editing her first book on Erico Verissimo’s political thought, in which she examines and counterpoints the last five novels published by the southern Brazilian writer with historical data from several archives, including Verissimo’s, the National Archives in Maryland and in Rio de Janeiro, the Hispanic Division of the National Library of Congress in Washington D.C., and the Houghton Library at Harvard University.

Her current research interests focus on expanding the understanding of how government repressive mechanisms in the twentieth century impacted literature and culture in Brazil and in Portugal. Other research and teaching interests include literature from the Lusophone world, literary theory, relations between history and fiction, and the representation of gender and social disparities in Portuguese and Brazilian literature.


Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants

Each year, Emory hosts Foreign Language Teaching Assistants sponsored by the Fulbright Program who teach Portuguese classes and organize activities at Casa Émory and elsewhere on campus and around Atlanta. This is a competitive scholarship that brings us talented graduate students from Brazil's top universities.

Juliana Ribeiro

Juliana Ribeiro was born and raised in Belém, a city in the Brazilian Amazon. She holds a B.A. in English Teaching from the Federal University of Pará. She earned her M.A. in Applied Linguistics (2018) from the same university, investigating the language learning advising service there. Her main research interests include autonomy, motivation and advising in language learning. During her undergraduate course, she taught English to college students in the national program Idiomas sem fronteiras. She was also an advisor, supporting language learners to become more autonomous. She understands this experience has had a great impact in her teaching practice. For the past three years, she has worked as an English teacher in public schools, seeking to expand the empowering role Education has had in her life. In 2018, she was selected and participated in an intensive professional development course at Temple University in Philadelphia/PA. This year, she was awarded a Fulbright grant and will be working as Portuguese Teaching Assistant at Emory University.


Larissa Xavier de Oliveira

Larissa Xavier de Oliveira was born and raised in Brazil. She obtained a B.A in Portuguese and English Teaching (2017)  from the Federal University of Paraná, and she completed her M.A in Applied Linguistics at the same university in 2019.  In addition, she also has a Foundation Degree in Primary Teaching and Learning (2012) from Colégio Nossa Senhora de Sion. Being that, she has been working as a teacher for the past seven years. Her studies are concentrated on inclusive education by means of Digital Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). During her undergraduate course, she was granted two scholarships to teach English and Portuguese in public schools. They were, respectively, PIBID de Inglês (2014-2015) e PIBID Interdisciplinar (2015-2017). She was also, a volunteer in the project English for Us, in  which she taught English to blind students. Continually developing her qualifications, Larissa was recognized and awarded a distinguished Fulbright scholarship to teach Portuguese as a Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) at  Emory University.

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