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Associate Professor of Luso-Brazilian and Afro-Brazilian Literature
Center for Latin American Studies Affiliated Faculty
Professor Oliveira-Monte’s research interests include Afro-Brazilian literature, race relations, race in comparative perspective, the Afro-Diasporic experience, the relationship between politics and literature, literature of human rights, as well as Brazilian Cinema and Popular Culture. Her manuscript Writing Identity: The Politics of Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Literature (Purdue UP, 2007) examines the intricate connections between literary production and political action by focusing on the politics of the Brazilian black movement and the literature of a São Paulo-based group of Afro-Brazilian writers, the Quilombhoje. She is currently working on a second book manuscript entitled The Color of Crime: Representations of Race and Delinquency In Contemporary Brazilian Literature and Cinema. This study investigates how the diverse representations of Afro-Brazilians in contemporary literature and cinema inform the dichotomy race and violence in Brazilian society. She has also published several articles in professional journals and anthologies.
Professor Oliveira-Monte serves the profession through committees in several professional associations, including the Brazilian Studies Association (2004-2008), the Brazilian section of the Latin American Studies Association (currently serving as Treasurer), and the Luso-Brazilian section of the Modern Language Association (2010-present). She is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Afro-Hispanic Review, Chasqui, and Transmodernity: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World. In 2011, she was Guest-Editor (together with Isis Costa McElroy) of a special issue of the Afro-Hispanic Review on the Afro-Brazilian Diaspora.