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Ana Catarina TeixeiraAssociate Teaching Professor of PortugueseDirector of the Portuguese ProgramCore Faculty in the Institute for African Studies


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