Department of Portuguese


The Department of Portuguese, in collaboration with the Departments of Art History, Educational LeadershipHistory, Political Science, Sociology/Anthropology, STEM Education and Teacher Development,  and the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, offers the MA in Portuguese Studies and the PhD in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Theory. Both degrees give graduates an in-depth understanding of the literary and cultural history of the Portuguese-speaking world within a broad, interdisciplinary context of humanities and social sciences. Course offerings are complemented by frequent guest lectures, colloquia, and an international peer-reviewed academic journal, Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies.

The majority of core and elective courses are taught in the Department of Portuguese, in the disciplinary area of literary and cultural studies. These courses are mostly offered in Portuguese. Students may also take courses related to the Portuguese-speaking world that are taught in English in the departments of Art History, Educational Leadership, History, Political Science, and Sociology/Anthropology. In addition to regular curricular offerings, students take seminar-level courses taught by a rotating pool of distinguished visiting scholars, in residence at UMass Dartmouth as holders of the Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies. Graduate courses are also offered during the summer, in conjunction with the Summer Program in Portuguese.

Resources and Opportunities

Teaching Fellowships, sponsored partially by a generous grant from the Camões Institute, are available in the Department of Portuguese. Thanks to the generous support of the Luso-American Foundation and the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, we are also able to offer a limited number of Doctoral Fellowships to outstanding PhD candidates. The Graduate Program in Portuguese also benefits in part from an endowment gift from the Government of Portugal to the UMass Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, awarded on March 18, 1998, and presented by Dr. Jaime Gama, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

For additional information, please follow the links at the top of this page. To apply to the MA program or the PhD program, click here.

Some MA theses and PhD dissertations in 
Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Theory

Amaral, Irene de. "The Emergence of Woman. Reviewing the Concept of Açorianidade." Diss. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 2011. [PDF here.]

Dillon, Gregory M. "Masculinity in Carioca Carnaval Drumming." MA thesis. University of
Massachusetts Dartmouth, 2013. [PDF here.]

Rivera, Serena. "Gendered Politics of Food in Lilia Momplé's Neighbours and Manuel Rui's Quem me dera ser onda." MA thesis. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 2012. [PDF here.]

More forthcoming soon. 

luso-asio-afro-brazilian studies & theory (laabst)

luso-asio-afro-brazilian studies & theory (laabst) is a platform with hybrid works in open access that you may read online, download to your digital library, print at home, or take to your local printers to produce a low-cost paper book. Free of charge and available to all.

For more information, visit

Isabel Figueiredo's Notebook of Colonial Memories (2009). [PDF here.]







Homepage Luso-Asio-Afro-Brazilian Studies & Theory Bosi Front Cover 

Alfredo Bosi's Colony, Cult and Culture (2008). [PDF here.]







Cesário Verde's The Feeling of a Westerner (2011). [PDF here.]








Pedro Meira Monteiro & Michael Stone, eds. Cangona Calling. Spirits and Rhythms of Freedom in Brazilian Jongo Slavery Songs (2013). [PDF here.] 81field recordings by Stanley and Barbara Stein from the late 1940s are available here.