Academics: Faculty

Ligia Bezerra

Title: Assistant Professor of Portuguese, Department of World Languages and Literature
Phone: 404-270-5545
Office: The Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center, Room 454

Educational Background

Indiana University, Ph.D. (to be conferred) -- Portuguese with a secondary specialization in Spanish and a minor in cultural studies

University of New Mexico, M.A., Portuguese

Universidade Federal do Ceará, M.A., Linguistics

Universidade Federal do Ceará, B.A. (Licenciatura), Letras - Portuguese and English languages and literature 

Courses Taught

PORT 101/102/201/202: Elementary and Intermediate Portuguese

SPAN 101: Elementary Spanish

Research Interests

  • 20th and 21st centuries Lusophone Literature and Culture (with emphasis in Brazil and Portuguese-speaking Africa)
  • 20th and 21st Spanish-American Literature and Culture
  • Media, Consumption, and Everyday Life

Recent Publications

“Everyday Life in the McOndo World: Consumption and Politics in Claudia Piñeiro’s Las viudas de los jueves.Chasqui. 41.2 (2012). 19-32.

“Sabiás, macieiras da Califórnia e cadáveres em campos de futebol: imagenes do Brasil em três canções do exílio.” Lucero: A Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies  20. Spring 2010.

Recent Awards and Grants

Brazilian National Library Foundation, $2,500 to fund the visit of Afro-Brazilian writer Ana Maria Gonçalves to Spelman College and to the University of Georgia, in partnership with Dr. Susan Quinlan, Associate Professor of Portuguese and Spanish at the Romance Languages Department at the University of Georgia.

2009-2010 Brantlinger-Naremore Prize for Best Graduate Essay, Cultural Studies Program, for the paper “Everyday Life in the McOndo World.”

Image Header Photo Description: Spelman and Morehouse students enjoy Brazilian refreshments, make new friends and practice their language skills at the Bate-papo, the weekly Portuguese conversation hour sponsored by the Portuguese Club at Spelman College.