Graduate Students

List of Graduate Students Enrolled in 2015-2016:

Américo Motta -

Analia Tebaldi -

Cristiane Soares -

Diana Simões -

Diana was born in Mira de Aire, a small village in the center of Portugal. She holds a B.A. in Modern Languages and Literatures - Portuguese/English from the University of Coimbra, Portugal. She is currently a PhD candidate in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Theory and has been in the program since Fall 2014. She is a Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Portuguese. She is at the moment attending the mandatory seminars to earn the necessary credits to be able to move to the next phase of the process, the PhD General Exam. Her research interests are very eclectic, but she plans on focusing on contemporary short stories that express Fantastic / Magic Realism features as a possible dissertation theme.

Elisandra Pereira -

Elisandra Pereira was born in Cape Verde and has lived in Switzerland, France, Portugal, and US. She holds a BA in Psychology from the Lusophone University of Humanities and Technologies in Portugal; a Post-Baccalaureate in Intercultural Relations from Open University, also in Portugal, and an MA in Portuguese Studies with a thesis on "Brazil and Angola’s Postcolonial Relations in José Eduardo Agualusa’s O Ano em que Zumbi Tomou o Rio from UMass Dartmouth. She was a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Portuguese from 2011 to 2015. She is currently a PhD candidate in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Theory and is writing her dissertation about "Entrepreneurship, Social Capital and Gender Politics: Rethinking Empowerment Models for Women’s Sociopolitical and Economic Inclusion through Paulina Chiziane’s Niketche: Uma História de Poligamia. She is also the founder and CEO of Ellie Paris, an international clothing brand that celebrates cultural heritage.

Elton da Graça -

Fausta Boscacci -

Geraldo Soares -

Gina Reis -

Inês Lima -

Jaqueline Ristau -

Jaqueline Ristau is from Southern Brazil and received her BA from Universidade Regional de Blumenau, SC. She is a first year PhD student at the Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Theory Program at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her research interests are in second language acquisition and teaching, language policy and bilingual education for immigrant students. She was a Fulbright Portuguese Teaching Assistant at Obelin College in 2004 and is currently a Teaching Fellow at UMassD.

Jason Borges -

Jason Borges is a Massachusetts native, born and raised in a Luso-American family from Somerset, MA.  He received his B.A. in Portuguese from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2014.  He now returns as a Ph.D. candidate in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Theory since the fall of 2015.  Also, he is currently a teaching fellow in the Department of Portuguese.  His research interests are extremely broad but lately have been focusing on second language acquisition.  In his free time, he enjoys cooking, movies, travel, and learning new languages.

Miriam Kelly -

Nélia Alves -

Serena Rivera -

Originally from New Jersey, Serena Rivera is a PhD Candidate in Luso-Afro-Brasilian Studies and Theory at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She has been in the program at UMassD since Fall 2010 and is currently in the process of writing her dissertation. Her dissertation-in-progress is titled "Food, Masculinity and Social Change in the Lusophone Transatlantic," and focuses on the role of food and eating in the creation and maintenance of masculinities during times of social change as represented in the literature of Brazil, Cape Verde and Mozambique. Professor Anna Klobucka is her dissertation advisor. She also holds an M.A. in Portuguese Studies from the UMass Dartmouth and a B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in English from Fordham University. Serena was a recipient of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Grant to Brazil in 2013 and is currently a teaching fellow at UMass Dartmouth. For more info on her research interests, papers and articles, please see Serena's academia page: