Meet Our Portuguese Faculty


Core Faculty in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Ana Catarina Teixeira

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 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.


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.


 Marília Ribeiro

mariliaProfessor Marilia Scaff Rocha Ribeiro holds a Ph.D. in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies from Brown University and a BA in English from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), in her hometown of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. 

Her research and teaching interests include modern and contemporary Lusophone literature and culture, autobiographies and autobiographical fiction, editing, translation, and the teaching of Portuguese as an additional language. She is the author of Geografias íntimas: espaço e experiência na ficção brasileira contemporânea (Editora Unimontes, 2017) as well as several articles in scholarly journals, including the Luso-Brazilian Review, the Journal of Lusophone Studies (formerly ellipsis), the Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Romance Notes, Hispanófila, and Revista Letras, among others. 

Prior to her appointment at Emory, Professor Ribeiro taught at Michigan State University, Harvard University, Brown University, and at the Middlebury Summer Portuguese Language School. She has also held positions in Brazil at IFMG and at CEFET-MG.

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.


Giovana Perini-Loureiro

giovannaHaving 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.

Affiliated Faculty