At the heart of my teaching practice is a commitment to care and social justice. I seek to lead with compassion and rigor, helping students cultivate critical knowledge and acknowledging them as whole beings in the classroom. As a first generation college graduate and scholar, I make careful pedagogical choices to promote inclusive and accessible learning, and I make educational equity a priority in all my courses. I see my students as co-producers of knowledge, each with something unique to contribute to our learning community. My teaching is therefore student-centered: I use creative group work, reflexive writing, and interactive lectures to foster the kind of critical thinking necessary not just for higher education, but for engaging ethically in the world.

I currently teach interdisciplinary courses exploring health and medicine, gender and sexuality, the body, popular culture, and environment in Latin America, with an emphasis on ethnographic texts and hands-on, creative assignments.

Courses Taught

These are courses I have developed myself and for which I have been instructor of record. Full descriptions and syllabi are available upon request.

  • Cultures of Health in Latin America (intermediate)
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Power in Brazil (intermediate, writing intensive)
  • The Body in Brazil: Race, Representation, Ontologies (intermediate)
  • Survey of Brazilian Cultures: Race, Nation, and Society (intermediate)
  • Humans and Others in Latin America (intermediate)
  • Hello, Hello Brazil! Popular Culture, Media, and the Making of a Nation (intermediate)

Additional Teaching Experience

These are courses I have co-taught with colleagues or in which I have given guest lectures.

  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (introductory level, lead teaching assistant for Cymene Howe, Rice University)
  • Latin America: Nation, Ethnicity, and Social Conflict (introductory level, co-taught with Ignacio Sánchez Prado, WashU)
  • Queer Theory in Anthropology (graduate, delivered introductory lecture, with Moisés Lino e Silva, Universidade Federal da Bahia)
  • Contemporary Social Movements (introductory level, lead instructor of collectively taught course, Rice University)