Portuguese and Brazilian Studies

Visiting Professorships

The Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies offers two visiting professorships.

FLAD/Brown Visiting Professorship

Since 1993, the Luso-American Foundation (FLAD) and the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies have maintained a vibrant cooperation agreement under whose auspices Brown has hosted Visiting Professors in Portuguese Studies in the areas of Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science and History. This program is officially known as the FLAD/Brown Visiting Professorship. 

    Thanks to this agreement, a sizeable number of Portuguese scholars have spent one semester or a year teaching and conducting research at Brown, while availing themselves of the opportunity to participate in conferences, lecture at other universities, and join research groups in their areas of expertise.

    The mission of the FLAD is to promote the development of Portugal, the Portuguese and the Portuguese-descendant communities through a close cooperation with the United States of America. They are a bridge between the two countries, focusing on Science, Education, Culture and Transatlantic Relations.

    The FLAD/Brown agreement has been invaluable to Brown University and particularly to the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies in a variety of ways:

    • The Department has been able to expand its course offerings in the areas of the Social Sciences (Anthropology, Sociology, and Political Science), International Relations and Contemporary History for undergraduate students as well as for graduate students pursuing master's and doctoral degrees.
    • Many Brown students have benefitted from small grants to conduct research in Portugal and participate in scholarly conferences, thus deepening their knowledge about and contact with Portuguese culture.
    • The number and variety of cultural events related to Portugal and the Portuguese-speaking African countries, including colloquia, conferences, symposia and films has been greatly expanded.
    • Targeted funds have allowed the university to acquire books and films about Portuguese culture beyond what is provided by our library budget. 
    • FLAD funds have also supported projects associated with Gávea-Brown Publications.

    The 2024 - 2025 FLAD Visiting Professor and Lecturers are Inês Beleza Barreiros (Fall) and José Santana Pereira (Spring).

      Scholars who have served as Visiting Professors under the FLAD/Brown agreement in the past include:

      • Duncan Simpson, Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Lisbon
      • Aurora Santos, Instituto de História Contemporânea da Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
      • Tiago Carvalho, University Institute of Lisbon
      • Bárbara Direito, NOVA School of Science and Technology
      • João Medina, University of Lisbon
      • Cristiana Bastos, Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Lisbon
      • João Peixoto, Instituto de Economia e Gestão, Lisbon
      • João Carlos Espada, Universidade Católica, Lisbon
      • Luís Nuno Rodrigues, ISCTE, Lisbon
      • Pedro Lains, Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Lisbon
      • António Goucha Soares, ISEG, Lisbon
      • Rosa Maria Pérez, ISCTE, Lisbon
      • João Manuel Rosas, University of Minho, Braga
      • Maria Clara Saraiva, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
      • Clara Carvalho, ISCTE, Lisbon
      • Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo, ISCTE, Lisbon
      • Filipe Ribeiro de Meneses, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
      • Carlos Jalali, University of Aveiro
      • Marta Rosales, Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Lisbon
      • Filipa Vicente, Instituto de Ciências Sociais, Lisbon
      • Alberto Rodriguez, University of Vigo, Galicia

      Camões/Brown Lectureship in Portuguese Literature

      Sponsored by the Instituto Camões, the Camões Visiting Lecturer (Leitorado) has promoted Portuguese language and culture at Brown from 1974 to 1999. 

      Sponsored by the Instituto Camões, the Camões Visiting Lecturer (Leitorado) has promoted Portuguese language and culture at Brown from 1974 to 1999. Dr. Leonor Simas-Almeida held this position from 1989 to 1999, the year it was transformed into the Camões/Brown Lectureship, fully integrated within the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. A renowned scholar of Portuguese and Lusophone African literary and cultural studies, Prof. Simas-Almeida, developed several new courses on Portuguese Literature and introduced African Literature in Portuguese to the POBS curriculum. Dr. Simas-Almeida retired in 2021 as Distinguished Senior Lecturer. Since then, the position has been held by visiting scholars of Portuguese literary and cultural studies.

      Previous scholars who have served as Camões Visiting Professors include:

      • André Corrêa de Sá (Visiting Associate Professor)
      • Leonor Simas-Almeida (Distinguished Senior Lecturer)
      • Sérgio Sousa (Visiting Associate Professor)
      • Jeferson Tenório (Visiting Assistant Professor)