I am Professor of Brazilian Studies at the University of Liverpool, where I have worked since 2005 after completing 15 years at the University of Leeds as lecturer/senior lecturer in Portuguese. In 1999 I was visiting lecturer in Brazilian Culture and Civilization at the University of California, Los Angeles. My research interests are Brazilian cultural history, with an emphasis on 20th-century popular theatre, music and film, and in particular from a transnational perspective. In 2011 I was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust, which enabled me to carry out archival research in Brazil for the monograph Tropical Travels: Brazilian Popular Performance, Transnational Encounters, and the Construction of Race (University of Texas Press, 2018. I lead the Impact project "Cinema, Memory and Wellbeing", which explores the use of music and film as a reminiscence tool to improve the emotional wellbeing of the older population, and involves outreach initiatives on Merseyside and in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I am currently working with colleagues at the University of Liverpool and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust to expand this project to embrace those living with dementia.
I would be interested in supervising PhD projects relating to any of the following areas: Latin American cinema, Latin American popular music, the performance of race and ethnicity in Latin American culture, stardom in world cinemas, music, film and memory, and Portuguese-English translation (written and audio-visual, and interpreting). I am currently supervising doctoral research projects on fan-subbing (subtitling) of Chinese audio-visual material and the Afro-Brazilian soprano Elsie Houston in a transnational context.
Prizes or Honours
- Adjunct research fellow (Monash University, Melbourne, 2010)
- Senior Research Fellowship (Leverhulme Trust in collaboration with the British Academy, 2011)
- Visiting professor in Brazilian Culture and Civilization (University of California, Los Angeles, 1999)