Leonora Paula

Assistant Professor

Contact Info

Office: C230D Snyder Hall
Phone: 517-355-4059
Email: paulaleo@msu.edu



Ph.D. University of California San Diego, 2013
M.A. University of California San Diego, 2010
M.A. Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil), 2004
B.A. Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil), 2002

Leonora received her Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from the University of California San Diego. She holds a master’s degree in Comparative Literature and a bachelors’ degree in English/Portuguese from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil. She specializes in twentieth and twenty first century Brazilian Literature and Culture. Her research and teaching interests include Latin American Literature and Culture, Afro-Brazilian Culture, Critical Geographies, Urban Art, Social Movements and Graphic Novels. Her current research focuses on the role of under-represented knowledge production in changing the exclusionary terrain of contemporary Brazilian culture. Leonora was a 2013 Human Rights Center Fellow at the University of California Berkeley School of Law. As a Human Rights fellow, she worked closely with and helped promote the agenda of the fair housing movement in São Paulo (UMM-SP). Leonora has also collaborated in bi-lateral higher education agreements as part of the US-Brazil Academic Partnership Abdias do Nascimento Program, aimed at increasing diversity within study abroad, particularly among underserved populations such as Afro-Brazilians and indigenous peoples in Brazil. Leonora has extensive program building experience and holds an Instructor of Portuguese as Second and Heritage Language certificate from Brazil’s Ministério das Relações Exteriores. Leonora has given lectures at Harvard University, The University of Texas-Austin and the University of California Berkeley.