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.