- Ph.D. Harvard University (1993) – Romance Languages and Literatures
Master of Arts, University of California, Santa Barbara (1986) – Spanish & Portuguese
Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Santa Barbara (1983) – English & Portuguese
Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil (UCSB Education Abroad Program) 1981-1982
- Dean, Languages Division, Pasadena City College
- Have taught at: Harvard University, University of California at Los Angeles, University of California at Santa Barbara, Florida International University (Miami), and Fundação Alto Taquari de Ensino Superior (Brazil).
- At Florida International University:
- Director of Academic Programs, Latin American & Caribbean Center
- Associate Professor of Portuguese & Spanish (including courses on Brazilian literature, culture and cinema)
- Director, FIU Film Council
- Associate Director, Asian Globalization and Latin America project (Title VI grant)
- Associate Director, Dancing Across Disciplines (FIPSE grant)
- Author of the book: O Questionamento da História em O Tempo e o Vento de Erico Verissimo. (FATES, 1997).
- Co-editor of A Twice-Told Tale: Reinventing the Old World- New World Encounter in Latin American Literature and Film (University of Delaware Press, 2000).
- Author of “Teaching: A review of Brazil programs within Latin American Study Centers (CLAS) in the US.” Guide to the Study of Brazil In the United States, 1945-2000. Paulo Roberto de Almeida, ed. Washington, D.C.: Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations, 2000 (forthcoming as Envisioning Brazil, University of Maryland Press).
- Numerous articles including: “Beyond Embrafilme: The Fall and Rise of Brazilian Cinema”; “Como era gostoso meu francês: Tropicalismo in the Cinema”; “Love and History: Game as Metaphor in O Quatrilho”; “Three Views of the Amazon in International Commercial Film”; “You are What You Eat: Tropicalismo and How Tasty was my Little Frenchman”; and “Renascença do Cinema Brasileiro.”
- Co-author with John S. Zdanowicz, Simon J. Pak,“Brazil’s Political and Economic Policies, 1995-1999: The Impact on Capital Flight.”
- Co-Chair, Brazil Section. Latin American Studies Association (LASA)(2000-2001).
- Jury member, Brazilian Film Festival of Miami. 1997, 1998, 2001.
- Member of various academic associations:
Latin American Studies Association (LASA)
Modern Language Association (MLA)
American Association of Teachers of Spanish & Portuguese (AATSP)
Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA)
Southern California Brazilianist Association
Associação Internacional de Lusitanistas (AIL)
South Atlantic Modern Language Association
California Teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL)