Rebecca Coelho
PhD Candidate in Romance Languages
Portuguese Teaching Assistant
Spanish Teaching Assistant

Contact Information

Gilbert Hall 318
Office Hours:
MWF 9:30 - 10:30 or by appointment
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Curriculum Vitae:

Hi! My name is Rebeca Coelho, I am from Fortaleza-CE Brazil. I received my (B.A.) in Letras-Inglês with a focus on Linguistics & Literary Studies from Universidade Federal do Ceará in Brazil. I started teaching English in Brazil, and there I had the great opportunity to teach at some prestigious language schools such as: Casa de Cultura Britânica, Yázigi and Universidade sem Fronteiras.  In 2012, I was accepted to the graduate program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where I received my M.A. in Portuguese Studies and I also made it to the list of Teacher Ranked as Excellent by Their Students in the two consecutive years which I taught Portuguese there.

My research interests include Brazilian films and theater, Luso-African contemporary literature, 19th Century & Contemporary Brazilian literature, and their adaptations to films and television (with a special focus on telenovelas). I am currently completing my doctoral dissertation entitled “A Narrativa Transmídia nas Microsséries Brasileiras e a Construção de uma Comunidade Imaginada Contemporânea”. My dissertation is chaired by Dr. Robert Moser.

My primary research examines how Brazilian television dramas have served as agents of change in society by adding political agenda to public discussion on their plots. I look at how classics of Brazilian literature have been adapted to postmodern TV productions and which changes have been made to their narratives to make them relevant to today’s audiences. To this end, I examine how TV adaptations have remodeled perceptions of Brazilian identity in the present day, and how the idea of nation has been shaped in the postmodernity. Drawing inspiration from minorities’ experiences, I intend to see how the new productions have shaped a renewed sense of “Brazilianess” and have led the way to the discussion of diversity in today’s Brazil, analyzing on topics such as immigration, race, and gender equality.

To further my research I have received two grants  - Tinker Graduate Field Research Award and the Nina Salant Hellerstein Professional Development Award - which funded two extended trips to conduct archival research at the Telenovelas Studies Center (CETVN) at USP in São Paulo in 2016, and at the Globo Production Studios (PROJAC) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the summer of 2018.


I was involved with the Graduate Student Organization for two years where I served as the vice-president and a core-member of Crossroads Graduate Conference organizing committee for February 2017 e 2018. To contribute in the growth and as a means of increasing the visibility of the Portuguese studies I also have volunteered in planning several extra-curricular cultural opportunities in the Portuguese Club,and in the Brazilian Students Association, and finally, served as a reviser of the first issue of Fala Aí magazine.

Courses taught at UGA: SPAN 1001 (Online and face-to-face), PORT 1001, PORT 1002, PORT 2001, and PORT 2002