Teaching Assistant Professor of Portuguese
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Ph.D., Luso-Brazilian Language and Literature, Department of Romance Languages, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, December 1990, Dissertation: “Theatrical Semiosis in the Drama of Gianfrancesco Guarnieri”
M.A., Luso-Brazilian Language and Literature, Department of Romance Languages, with a minor in Spanish American Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, December 1984, Thesis: “A Semiotic Approach to the Theater of Oswald de Andrade”
M.A., Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language, Foreign Language Education Center, School of Education, University of Texas at Austin, August 1980, Report: “A Graphics Production Guide for Teachers”
B.A., Curriculum in Linguistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, May 1975
Although a native of Washington, DC, Robert Anderson grew up in North Carolina, and returned to settle here after studying and working in Austin, Texas, Washington, DC, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has forty years of post-baccalaureate experience in foreign language education, most of that in Portuguese instruction, and has developed and taught a wide range of courses on Portuguese language and the Lusophone world.
Anderson returned to UNC-Chapel Hill in 2015 after ten years at Winston-Salem State University, where he was a tenured associate professor and acting department chair. At WSSU, he established an undergraduate minor in Portuguese and helped create and direct student exchanges with Brazil as well as faculty collaborations. At WSSU, he also developed and taught General Education courses on globalization, experience abroad, and Indian literature.
He has published in the areas of Afro-Brazilian studies and Brazilian performing arts, and his current research project deals with the cultural appropriation of Palmares, the seventeenth-century maroon state in Brazil. He has also recently published on Luso-Asian literatures and on teaching Indian literature. His newest project is on Lusophone Language, Culture, and Intellectual History in Goa, India. Anderson is a member representing Goa in working group, “Language and Literature: Race Relations, Sociocultural Diversity, and Interculturality in Portuguese-Speaking Countries” based at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Finally, he is engaged in literary and nonliterary translation from Portuguese to English
- Realism, Allegory and the Strangled Cry: Theatrical Semiosis in the Drama of Gianfrancesco Guarnieri (Valencia, Spain: Albatrós-Hispanófila, 1998)
ARTICLES OR CHAPTERS IN BOOKS:
- Joti Sekhon, Robert Anderson, and Rose Sackeyfio. “Faculty Engagement as Stepping Stones to Partnering with India at Winston-Salem State University,” eds. Clare Banks, Birgit Siebe-Herbig, and Karin Norton, Global Perspectives on Strategic International Partnerships: A Guide to Building Sustainable Academic Linkages (New York: Institute of International Education, 2016) [page numbers not yet available].
- “‘All of the Violence Is Exposed’: Lima Barreto’s Journalism and Testimonials,” Lima Barreto: New Critical Perspectives, eds. Daniel F. Silva and Lamonte Aidoo (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Little, 2013), 135-52.
- Ignacy Sachs, Jorge Wilheim, and Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, eds, Brazil: A Century of Change [Brasil: um século de transformações] (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009)
SELECT REFEREED JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS—ARTICLES:
- “The End of Cordiality and the Invention of Racism?: Evidence from Recent Cultural Production,” The Latin Americanist 56.4 (2012) [Special Issue: Brazilian Race Relations], 57-78. Web, .
- “Portuguese and the HBCU Experience: FIPSE/CAPES U.S.-Brazil Higher Education Consortia,” Portuguese Language Journal 4 (2010), n. pag. Web,
- “The Quilombo of Palmares: A New Overview of a Seventeenth-Century Maroon State in Northeastern Brazil,” Journal of Latin American Studies 28 (1996): 545-66.
RECENT INVITED DICTIONARY AND ENCYCLOPEDIA ENTRIES:
- “Joel Zito Araújo,” Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Franklin W. Knight, eds. (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming / submitted).
- “Literature of Goa,” Dictionary of Literary Biography volume 367 Lusophone African Writers, Monica Rector and Richard Vernon, eds. Florence, KY: Gale Cengage, 2012.
- “Literature of Macau and East Timor,” Dictionary of Literary Biography volume 367 Lusophone African Writers, Monica Rector and Richard Vernon, eds. Florence, KY: Gale Cengage, 2012.
- “Onésimo Silveira,” Dictionary of Literary Biography volume 367 Lusophone African Writers, Monica Rector and Richard Vernon, eds. Florence, KY: Gale Cengage, 2012.
- “Vimala Devi,” Dictionary of Literary Biography volume 367 Lusophone African Writers, Monica Rector and Richard Vernon, eds. Florence, KY: Gale Cengage, 2012.
• Elementary Portuguese (UNC-CH PORT 101 and 102; WSSU POR 1311 and 1312)
• Intermediate Portuguese (UNC-CH PORT 101 and 102; WSSU POR 2311 and 2312)
• Literature of Brazil and the Portuguese-Speaking World [in English] (WSSU POR 2305)
• Advanced Portuguese Conversation (WSSU POR 3309)
• Brazilian Culture (WSSU POR 3310)
• Cultures of the Portuguese-Speaking World (WSSU POR 3312)
• Survey of Literature in Portuguese (WSSU 3333)
• Advanced Portuguese Composition (WSSU POR 4301)
• Spanish Phonetics (WSSU SPA 3312)
• Liberal Learning Seminar, Globalization 101 (WSSU LLS 1381)
Awards & Honors
Major grant awards:
Co-Principle Investigator (15% effort), with Joti Sekhon and Rose Sackeyfio, WSSU, NEH project “Integrating Teaching and Learning about India in the Curriculum through the Humanities and the Liberal Arts,” January 2012-December 2015, including extension year, (three years, $99,285.00)
Principal Investigator for WSSU (15% effort), US Department of Education FIPSE grant through US-Brazil Higher Education Consortia Program, “Legacies of the African Diaspora in Brazil and United States: Persistent Inequalities,” July 2009-July 2014, including extension year, (four years, $39,048, WSSU subcontract)
Principal Investigator for WSSU (15% effort), US Department of Education FIPSE grant through US-Brazil Higher Education Consortia Program, “The African Diaspora in Brazil and United States: a Comparative Approach” January 2006-June 2009, including extension year, (four years, $91,613, WSSU subcontract)
Graduate awards and honors:
Graduate Certificate in Latin American Studies from the Institute of Latin American Studies, 1984
Sigma Delta Pi, Spanish Honor Society, 1983
Undergraduate awards and honors:
Camões Prize for Excellence in Portuguese, 1975
Phi Beta Kappa, 1973