Ph.D. Student in Spanish

Advised by Professor Oswaldo Estrada | Dey 301A


M.A., Spanish Language and Literature, Virginia Tech, 2013
B.A., Pedagogy, School Management, and Vocational Orientation. Centro Unisal-Americana, São Paulo, Brazil, 2002


Wesley is from São Paulo, Brazil. He never regretted having switched from Applied Chemistry to Languages & Literatures more than 20 years ago. Since then, he has been teaching foreign languages (English, Spanish, and Portuguese) and has worked with students of all ages, from kindergarten to college and beyond. He is a 5th year Ph.D. student in the Spanish program, and his current research interest is animality in contemporary urban fiction (literature and film) in Spanish and Portuguese. Wesley analyzes the extensive use of animal(ized) tropes to depict the evils of late modernity and how they reveal the inconsistencies and crumbling values of humanity in ‘fictional’ savage societies.

Beyond university life, he likes writing poetry, composing music, and spending time outdoors with his family.