Ana Leticia Fauri is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. She holds a PhD and a Masters Degree in Literary Theory from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS). She's currently based in Lisbon, Portugal, where she's been teaching courses on Brazilian and Portuguese history and culture for the UMass in Lisbon/API Program, from the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth. Her main research interests include Portuguese and Brazilian Dictatorships and the influence that government repression mechanisms and ideology have on the literature produced in those countries in the 20th century.
David Mittelman is a doctoral candidate and teaching assistant. He is currently developing two lines of research in Brazilian literature. The first explores manifestations of philosophical skepticism in modern Brazilian literary prose. The second develops a comparison of the literatures of the Brazilian sertão with those of the semi-arid Western United States.
Sílvia Cabral Teresa is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. She holds a BA in Linguistics (with a concentration in Political Discourse Analysis) from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and a Masters in Lusophone Literatures and Cultures from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her current research interests include African literature; 20th century Brazilian literature; Gender Studies; the relationship between Fiction and History; Ethnicity and Identity; and Race relations in Brazil.