Graduate Programs

Portuguese and Brazilian Studies

One of the leading centers for graduate level study of the Portuguese-speaking world, Brown's Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies offers a Ph.D. in the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese–speaking world, with concentration on one or more of the following areas: continental and insular Portugal, Brazil, Lusophone Africa and Luso-America.

One of the leading centers for graduate level study of the Portuguese-speaking world, Brown's Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies offers a Ph.D. in the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese–speaking world, with concentration on one or more of the following areas: continental and insular Portugal, Brazil, Lusophone Africa and Luso-America.

Students enrolled in this program can take advantage of the diverse expertise of the Department's faculty, which embraces specializations in Literature, Language, Comparative Literature, History, Ethnic and Cross-Cultural Studies, Environmental Humanities, Music, Film Studies and Gender Studies.

It is the department's philosophy that all students should grasp the global nature of the Portuguese-speaking world and study its language, literatures, and cultures as well as apply the tools of research and scholarship to their programs of study. While this doctoral program will allow for an interdisciplinary component, the emphasis of the core program will be on the Portuguese language and Luso-Brazilian literature and culture.

Additional Resources

Gavea-Brown Publications; editorial offices of Brasil/Brazil: A Journal of Brazilian Literature; Gavea-Brown: A Bilingual Journal of Portuguese-American Letters and Studies; E-journal of Portuguese History; Pessoa Plural; and cooperation agreements with several Brazilian and Portuguese universities.

Application Information

Application Requirements

GRE Subject:

Not required

GRE General:

Not required

Letters of Recommendations:

Three letters of recommendation are required.

Writing Sample:

Required; accepted in English or Portuguese.

Dates/Deadlines

Application Deadline

Completion Requirements

Portuguese and Brazilian Studies: Sixteen courses; reading ability in a second foreign language; general examination on a set list of 50 books (second year); major research paper and book review (third year); pre–dissertation colloquium (fourth year); dissertation.

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Leadership

Department Chair
Leila Lehnen
Director of Graduate Studies
Luiz Valente

Contact and Location

Department of Portuguese & Brazilian Studies

Mailing Address

Brown University
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