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Assistant Professor of Portuguese & Spanish | Dey 320

At UNC since 2015


Ph.D., Princeton University
M.A., Princeton University
M.A., Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
B. A., Federal University of Rio de Janeiro


Carolina Sá Carvalho’s research interests include 19th- and 20th-century Brazilian and Latin American literatures and visual cultures, with a specific focus on realism, visual culture, imperialism, media studies, intermediality, and the relationships between aesthetics and politics. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Traces of the Unseen: Photography, Violence, and Modernization in Early Twentieth-Century Latin America. The book examines the role of photography in early twentieth-century efforts to mobilize public opinion for public (humanitarian, reformist, or national) causes in the context of capitalist expansion in Latin America. The manuscript focuses on the development of visual pedagogies that combine photography and writing to represent wounded indigenous or peasant bodies in order to make moral claims about processes of modernization in the Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon and the Brazilian sertão. She has published articles on nineteenth century realist novels, slavery, photography, and the politics of aesthetics.


  • “Spectacle and Rebellion in Fin-de-Siècle Brazil: the Commodified Rebel in Machado de Assis’s Chronicles.” Journal of Lusophone Studies. Vol 3, No 2 (Fall 2018)
  • “How to See a Scar: Humanitarianism and Colonial Iconography in The Putumayo Rubber Boom.” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Vol 27, No 3 (2018).
  • “A máquina de produzir semelhanças: Escravidão, contato e mímesis no romance cubano Cecilia Valdés.” Revista Iberoamericana. 262 (2018).
  • “Brasil: cultura cosmopolítica?” Rio de Janeiro: Editora da Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (EDUERJ), 2014. Print. (Editor).
  • “As Fotografias de Tristes Trópicos.” Brasil: cultura cosmopolítica? Rio de Janeiro: Editora da Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (EDUERJ), 2014. 87-124.


  • Institute for the Arts and Humanities Faculty Fellowship (Fall 2018)
  • Junior Faculty Development Award (2018)

Typical Courses

  • ROML 665: Reading Latin American Film and Photography (Graduate)
  • SPAN 361: Hispanic Film and Culture.
  • SPAN 835: Seminar in Spanish American Literature: Sameness and Difference: Nineteenth-Century Latin American Literature.
  • PORT 370: Modern Brazilian Literature in Translation.
  • PORT 382: Undergraduate Seminar in Portuguese: “The Environment in Brazilian Literature and Film”
  • PORT 540: Cultural Topics from the Lusophone World

Graduate Students Advised by Professor Sá Carvalho

Professor Sá Carvalho is currently accepting new advisees.