Eliseo Jacob is a lecturer in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Howard University.  He as a Ph.D. from the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at The University of Texas at Austin.  His research and teaching interests include Latin American urban literature and culture, Latin American cultural studies, contemporary Brazilian literature and culture, with a concentration on Afro-Brazilian literary and cultural productions.  His research project focuses on the literary and cultural productions from the urban periphery of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.  Using the theories of the public sphere, race and urban space, he examines how these writers create counterpublics within the immaterial space of the literary text and in the physical space of the city through the circulation of their literary works at cultural events known as saraus.





Ph.D. in Languages & Literatures of Portuguese & Spanish, The University of Texas at Austin (2014)

M.A. in Luso-Brazilian Literature & Culture, The University of Texas at Austin (2009)

B.A. in Latin American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin (2007)


Refereed Journal Articles 

“Contrapublicos negros na periferia: Allan da Rosa e a criação de uma imaginação radical Afro-Brasileira.” Transmodernity: Journal of Perihperal Production of the Luso-Hispanic World. (Manuscript under review)

“Peripheral Rhizomes: Reterritorialization and Urban Space in Sacolinha’s Estação Terminal.” Ipotesi: Revista de Estudos Literários. (Manuscript under review)

“The Organic Intellectual and the Bandido: The Periferia as a Site of Black Civic Engagement in Ferréz’s Manual prático do ódio.” Itinerários – Revista de Literatura Brasileira. (Forthcoming for special issue on Black Literature in Brazil, 2018)

Chapters in Edited Volumes

“Afro-Reggae and Brazilian Funk: Discourses on Black Masculinity in the Diaspora” Pan- Africanism and Negritude: Dialogues between Africa and the African Diaspora (Past, Present, Future). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (Forthcoming 2019)


Literary Counterpublics in the Americas: Race, Space and Class in São Paulo and New York (Book Manuscript)

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

July 2018, “Contrapúblicos negros na periferia,” Brazilian Studies Association, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

October 2018, “Literatura Periférica: Urban Literature and Counterpublics in São Paulo,” American Portuguese Studies Association, Ann Arbor, Michigan

January 2019, “Black Counterpublics in the Periferia: Allan da Rosa and the Creation of a Radical Afro-Brazilian Imagination,” Modern Language Association, Chicago, Illinois


Modern Language Association

College Language Association

Brazilian Studies Association

Brazilian Comparative Literature Association

American Portuguese Studies Association

Latinx Studies Association

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