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Scholarly Interest Report
Leonora Paula
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
  • Ph.D. Literature (2013) University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA
Primary Department
   Department of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies
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 University of Michigan NCID Exemplary Diversity Scholar
Research Areas
 Latin American and Brazilian Literature and Culture Afro-Brazilian Culture, Critical Geographies, Visual Culture, Social Movements
Teaching Areas
 Brazilian Literature and Culture,
Brazilian Intellectual History,
Latin American Literature
Selected Publications
 Refereed articles

Leonora Souza Paula ""Literatura periférica: ocupando o imaginário literário brasileiro contemporâneo.” ." Revista Estudos de Literatura Brasileira Contemporânea, 48In Revision


“eles eram muitos cavalos: Challenging the Regulating Fiction of the Global City.” Romance Notes.  Forthcoming.


“Filosofia em quadrinhos: Diferença e Repetição em Salut Deleuze!” Aletria, No. 15. Belo Horizonte: Editora da UFMG, 2008.


“Imaginary Places and Fantastic Narratives: Reading Borges through The Sandman.” The Sandman Papers. Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 2006.

 Book chapters

Leonora Souza Paula "Crisis and Revolution: Activist Art in Neoliberal Buenos Aires.." Imprints of Revolution: Global Resistance, the Popular, and (Post)/(Neo) ColonialismIn Press

 Conference Paper

"“Peripheral Culture in Urban Brazil: New Voices Speak from the Margins.” XXXIII Latin American Studies Association (LASA)." (May 2015)

 Invited Papers

“Literatura Periférica as Cultural and Identity Affirmation.” Brazilian Racial Politics and Mediascapes. Brazil 1995-20015: Twenty Years of Change? LLILAS-Benson Latin American Studies and Collection. University of Texas at Austin

 Invited Talks

"“Pixações in São Paulo: Seizing the Right to the City.” Anthropology Department Speaker Series, Rice University." (Sep 2015)


"The Cultural Terrain in São Paulo’s Peripheries.” Density versus Permeability: São Paulo’s Master Plan Dilemma Project. Architecture Advanced Studio. School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin.." (Nov 2015)


The 28th São Paulo Biennial as a Metaphor of Globalization.” Latin American Studies Association (LASA), 2012.


“Pixações, graffiti, and the writing of inequality on São Paulo’s walls.” Cross/words-Cross/roads: An Intersection of Language, Art and Culture Colloquium, San Diego State University, 2012.


“The Global City as a Regulating Fiction: Representations of Urban Space in Brazilian Literature.” Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA), 2012.


“Urban Housing Rights in Brazil: More Than Just a Roof and Four Walls.”  UC Human Rights Fellows Conference. UC Berkeley, 2012.

 Session Chair

"Reconsidering the Circulation Metaphor: Latin American Cultural Critiques of Global Exchange.”  Session organizer. XXXIII Latin American Studies Association (LASA)." (May 2015)

Editorial Positions
 Other, Journal of Lusophone Studies. (2015 - 2015)

 Associate Editor, The International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies. Common Ground. (2015 - 2015)

Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
 Presidential Research Award, Rice University (Jul 2015)

 Exemplary Diversity Scholar. National Center for Institutional Diversity. University of Michigan , University of Michigan (June 2015)

 Humanities Research Center. Faculty Fellowship. Rice University, Rice University (Oct 2015)

 Brazil Travel Grant, Brazil@Rice Office (Apr 2014)

 Presidential Research Fund. Rice University , President's Office (Jul 2013)

 Human Rights Center Fellowship, University of California Berkeley Law School (Nov 2012)

 Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies Travel Award, Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, University of California San Diego (Apr 2012)

Positions Held
 Program Coordinator at UC San Diego Brazil Initiative, Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, University of California San Diego. (2011 - 2013)