English Department & Citizen Scholar Program
Core Faculty at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Affiliated Faculty at the Center for Gender in Global Context
Office: C646 Wells Hall
Leonora S Paula is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Michigan State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California San Diego (UCSD), an M.A. in Literary Studies and a B.A. in English and Portuguese from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG). She specializes in twentieth and twenty first century Brazilian Literature and Culture. Her research and teaching interests include Afro-Brazilian Culture, Latin American Literature and Culture, Critical Geographies and Urban Art. Her current research examines the role of Afro-descendants, Black women, and spatially segregated artists and writers in transforming representations of urban life in 21st century Brazil. Her publications include peer-reviewed articles about Afro-Brazilian Women’s Literature, Contemporary Brazilian Literature and Urban Art in Brazil and Argentina. Leonora is the co-organizer of the “Black Struggles for Racial Justice in the Americas” lecture series in collaboration with MSU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Leonora has given lectures at Harvard University, the University of Texas-Austin and the University of California Berkeley and she is the founding co-director of the Sister Circle Mentoring Program for Women of Color at Michigan State University.