Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
Chair of the Latin American Studies Program
Undergraduate Advisor for Majors and Minors in Latin American Studies
Undergraduate Advisor for Portuguese

MA & PhD University of California, Los Angeles

Alessandra Santos is Associate Professor of Latin American Literatures and Cultures. Her interdisciplinary research examines cultural production in modern and contemporary Latin America with special focus on Brazil. She is interested in utopias, technology, media, gender, race, and social justice. Her research has been supported by a number of fellowships and grants.


  • Modern and contemporary Latin American literature and culture
  • Cinema, visual arts, and music
  • Critical theory
  • Aesthetics and politics
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Indigeneity and African Diasporas
  • Embodiment and performance



The Holy Mountain (New York: Columbia University Press, 2017)

Arnaldo Canibal Antunes (São Paulo: Editora nVersos, 2013)

Edited book

Performing Utopias in the Contemporary Americas, co-edited with Kim Beauchesne (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

The Utopian Impulse in Latin America, co-edited with Kim Beauchesne (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)

Articles and Chapters

Beauchesne, Kim and Alessandra Santos “Introduction: Utopian Interventions and Their Relevance.” Performing Utopias in the Contemporary Americas. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 1-21.

Santos, Alessandra. “Body Language and Embodied Spaces: Performing the Public and the Private in Arnaldo Antunes’ Nome.” In Performing Brazil: Essays on Culture, Identity and the Performing Arts. Eds. Silverino Albuquerque and Kathryn Sanchez. University of Wisconsin Press, 2015. 224-249.

Johnson, Shelly and Alessandra Santos. “REDressing Invisibility and Marking Violence Against Indigenous Women in the Americas through Art, Activism and Advocacy.” First Peoples Child & Family Review, Journal of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada.Volume 7, Number 2, 2013. 97-111.

Beauchesne, Kim and Alessandra Santos “Introduction: The Theory and Practice of the Utopian Impulse in Latin America.” In The Utopian Impulse in Latin America. Eds. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. 1-26.

Santos, Alessandra. “O que quer dizer diz’: Paulo Leminski ao Norte do Equador”. A linha que nunca termina – Pensando Paulo Leminski. Eds. Fabiano Calixto and André Dick. Rio de Janeiro: Lamparina Editora, 2004. 323-344.

Santos, Alessandra.“Percepção e a Filosofia da Forma: A Poesia de Arnaldo Antunes.” Zunái. Revista de Poesia e Debates. December, 2004.


Book and Film Reviews

Santos, Alessandra. Rev. of Brazilian Bodies and Their Choreographies of Identification: Swing Nation. by Cristina F. Rosa. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 281 pp. Luso-Brazilian Review. University of Wisconsin, Madison. 54. 1. 2017. 64-65.

Santos, Alessandra. Rev. of Itão Kuêgü  As Hiper Mulheres – The Hyperwomen. Directed by Takumã Kuikuro, Carlos Fausto, and Leonardo Sette. Kuikuro and Portuguese with Portuguese and English subtitles. 80 minutes. Brazil, 2011. E-misférica. Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, New York University. 11.1. 2014.

Santos, Alessandra. Rev. of River of Tears: Country Music, Memory, and Modernity in Brazil by Alexander Sebastian Dent. Durham: Duke UP, 2009. 298pp. Luso-Brazilian Review. University of Wisconsin, Madison. 50: 286-288. 2013.

Santos, Alessandra. Rev. of Ora (direis) puxar conversa! by Silviano Santiago. Belo Horizonte: UFMG, 2006. 381pp. Luso-Brazilian Review. University of Wisconsin, Madison . 47 (2): 218-220. December 2010.

Santos, Alessandra. “Memory as Antidote: Remembering Repression from Latin America to Katrina.” Rev. of The Shock Doctrine. The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein. New York: Picador, 2008. 720pp. Mester. University of California, Los Angeles. 37. 2007. 223-226.


Edited Journal

Stanyek, Jason and Alessandra Santos. “Brazilian Improvisations/ Improvisações Brasileiras.” Critical Studies in Improvisation/ Études critiques en improvisation, special issue. Edited Volume. University of Guelph. Vol. 7 -1. June 2011.