Frank F. Sousa (BS, Santa Clara University; MA and PhD, UC Santa Barbara) is Professor of Portuguese and Director of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (www.portstudies.umassd.edu). Author of O Segredo de Eça (Edições Cosmos, 1996), an often-cited book on Portugal’s foremost novelist, Eça de Queirós, he is presently working on a critical edition of Eça’s A cidade e as serras. He has twice been a Fulbright Scholar at the National Library in Lisbon, Portugal. Co-founder and Director of the peer-reviewed, semi-annual journal, Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies (1998-2007), he is currently the publisher of this publication and general editor of the Portuguese in the Americas Series.
He proposed and led the campaigns to create the Summer Program in Portuguese (1994), the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture (1996), and the Department of Portuguese (2000)—of which he was the first Chair (2001-2002). Prof. Sousa further organized the establishment of the Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies (2001), the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives Endowment (2005), and the Portuguese-American Newspaper Digitization Initiative (2007). The latter aims to make available online the major Portuguese newspapers published in America, beginning with the Diário de Noticias (1919-1973), whose nearly 130,000 pages will be available online in the Claire T. Carney University Library by March 2009.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and was designated a Comendador da Ordem do Infante D. Henrique by the Government of Portugal in 1997.