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Jacob Brown

Graduate Student

Jacob is a fourth-year PhD candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. His dissertation, tentatively titled “Slave Testimony, Family History: Memory, Slavery, and Literary Creation in the Manuscripts of Carolina Maria de Jesus,” argues that Brazilian author Carolina Maria de Jesus writes in the tradition of the Latin American testimonial slave narrative through diary entries, memoirs, and poetry written not only about but also from the first-person perspective of her grandfather, who was enslaved during his lifetime. In addition to research, he is passionate about teaching and promoting Brazilian culture on campus. He is a Center for Second Language Studies fellow, a co-coordinator of the Brazilian Studies Reading Group, and a winner of the 2018 E. Inman Fox Romance Language Award for excellence in teaching.