Associate Professor and Director
Sílvia Lorenso is from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She first came to the United States as a Fulbright exchange graduate student hosted by Boston University and by the University of Texas, at Austin (2006-2007). Upon her return to Brazil, she completed her M.A. in Linguistics and Semiotics at the University of São Paulo (2007). From 2008 to 2013, she worked on her Ph.D in Luso-Brazilian Literature at the University of Texas-Austin, where she taught intermediate and advanced Portuguese language and Brazilian culture. She was one of the key developers of the Service Learning component of the Portuguese Study Abroad Program in Bahia. In the next two years, she was a Carolina Postdoctoral Scholar at the Department of Romance Studies at the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill, where she developed her book manuscript on African Diaspora and Latin American literary connections. Her research on African Diaspora literatures and cultures, and her projects on diversity and engaged methodologies in education have been supported by the Ford Foundation, Fulbright and CAPES - a foundation within the Ministry of Education in Brazil.
Resident Coordinator, Florianópolis
Daniela Brito is currently a PhD student in Linguistics at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) in Florianópolis, Brazil. Her research project aims at investigating syntactic processing (cross-linguistic syntactic priming) within Portuguese-English bilinguals. She received her MA in English and Applied Linguistics and her BA in Portuguese and English Linguistics and Literatures at UFSC. Her MA research aimed at investigating cognitive aspects of second language acquisition and bilingualism from a psycholinguistic perspective. Her professional experience includes teaching English and Portuguese for ten years at private language schools and regular schools in Brazil as well as teaching English as a Foreign Language. In addition, she has experience in translation, revision and bilingual executive secretarial assistance. As coordinator, Daniela researches and supervises housing and internship placements, organizes extracurricular activities and cultural excursions. Also, she assists the Director on administrative issues on- and off-site and collaborates on the writing course to program students in Florianópolis.