Portuguese and Brazilian Studies

One of the leading centers for graduate level study of the Portuguese-speaking world, Brown's Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies offers a Ph.D. in the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese–speaking world, with concentration on one or more of the following areas: continental and insular Portugal, Brazil, Lusophone Africa and Luso-America.

Students enrolled in this program are able to take advantage of the diverse expertise of the department's faculty, which embraces specializations in literature, language, philosophy, comparative literature, history, ethnic and cross-cultural studies, race relations, human rights in literature, cinema studies, anthropology, sociology and bilingual education. 

Additional Resources

Gavea-Brown Publications; editorial offices of Brasil/Brazil: A Journal of Brazilian Literature; Gavea-Brown: A Bilingual Journal of Portuguese-American Letters and Studies; E-journal of Portuguese History; Pessoa Plural; and cooperation agreements with several Brazilian and Portuguese universities.

Admission Requirements

  • Writing Sample: Required
  • GRE General: Not required
  • GRE Subject: Not required

Application Deadline: January 4

Ph.D. Completion Requirements

Portuguese and Brazilian Studies: Sixteen courses, including those presented for the A.M.; reading ability in a second foreign language; general examination on a set list of 20 books; preliminary examination on two areas developed by the students in consultation with their committee; pre–dissertation colloquium; dissertation.

Department of Portuguese & Brazilian Studies
Brown University
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Department Chair: Joel Revill

Director of Graduate Studies: Luiz Valente