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Laura Isabel dos Santos Vieira

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PhD Candidate
Teaching Assistant of Portuguese and Spanish


I was born in Roraima, Brazil, and I am a fifth year PhD candidate in Romance Languages, studying the construction and representation of Latin American identities in contemporary comic books and graphic novels. During my Master's at Universidade Federal Flumimense (Niteói - RJ), I researched contemporary Brazilian literature and graphic novel adaptations, and the representation of indigenous identities in the Amazon.

Back in Brazil, I was a Middle and High School teacher of Portuguese language and literature. At UGA, I am a Portuguese and Spanish Teaching Assistant. I have worked as a Portuguese tutor for the Flagship program and I was president of the Brazilian Student Association (BSA) for the academic year of 2019-2020.

Teaching is my passion! I have over 10 years of classroom experience with students of all ages - from kindergarten to veterans. In 2023, I was granted the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award by the Center for Teaching and Learning at UGA.

I'm also a hardcore swiftie who also listens to metal, and drinks an unhealthy amount of black coffee. I have a little tuxedo boy cat (Kiwi) and a 120lb lady dog (Tally). I speak un peu de French, and I'm currently studying Italian and Dutch!


Courses taught: PORT 1110, 2120, 1002, 2001, 2002 / SPAN 1001, 1002e, 1110

Research Interests:

Contemporary Brazilian and Latin American literature; comics and graphic narratives; women's literature and comics; narratives of displacement; (re)construction of national identities (with especial focus on Amazonian marginalized discourses); intersemiotic translation; cultural literacy and literature teaching; gender studies; representation of marginalized identities in media.

Selected Publications:

Book review: Smiling in the Darkness, by Adelaide Freitas (Tagus Press, 2020). The Journal of Lusophone Studies, vol 7, no 1 (2022) (link).

Conference presentation: 23rd Annual Conference on the Americas, University of North Georgia. Angola Janga: a graphic retelling of Brazilian quilombos (2020).

Book chapter: "A ilustração como alternativa para o problema da incomunicabilidade na experiência do imigrante". [Illustration as an alternative to the problem of incomunication in the immigrant experience]. Histórias em quadrinhos em diálogo. Eds. S. Silva, G. de Menezes. Brazil: Editora Bordô-Grená, 2019, 15-24. Web. (link)

Paper: "Experiência de leitura e escrita literária no ensino médio" [An experience of reading and writing literature in high school]. Brazil: Revista Querubim (2016), v. 2. Web (link).


2025 (estimated) - Ph.D., University of Georgia: Romance Languages

2019 - M.A., Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil: Literary Studies, Brazilian literature and Literary theories. Dissertation title: A falácia que persiste: a busca por identidade e futuro no romance e na HQ Dois irmãos.

2016 - B.A., Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil: Portuguese and Lusophone Literatures, Teaching degree

2015 – 2016 Institutional Scholarship Program of Teaching Initiation (PIBID/CAPES - UFF). Project title: Experiência de leitura e escrita no Ensino Médio: crônica e conto.

Major Professor

Professor of French

Committee Members

Associate Professor of Spanish
Associate Professor of Portuguese

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