Meet the Faculty - Dr. Medeiros

Michelle MedeirosDr. Michelle Medeiros,
Assistant Professor of Spanish

Education
M.A. and Ph.D. in Latin American Literature and Culture, Purdue University
B.A. in English and Portuguese, Pontifical Catholic University of Parana, Brazil

Awards
College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Dissertation Award, Purdue University, 2015

The study of languages, cultures, and literatures allows us to develop new tools that facilitate mutual understanding and thereby help instill in our society the desire to build cross cultural communities that foster tolerance and reduce social disparities. I strongly believe in the importance of learning other languages and cultures because it expands our students’ horizons and increases their chances of succeeding in their careers. When exposed to different perspectives, students often have a better understanding of the world and are able to develop their critical thinking, reading, and writing skills more effectively. Following this premise, my goal as a researcher is to bring a more interdisciplinary perspective to the field of Latin American studies, offering new insights to the analysis of women’s travel writing to challenge previously-held gendered stereotypes that have so often influenced readings of women’s contribution to knowledge.

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