MA & PhD University of California, Los Angeles
Chair of the Latin American Studies Program
Alessandra Santos is Associate Professor of Latin American Literatures and Cultures. Her interdisciplinary research examines modern and contemporary literary and cultural production. She is interested in utopias, technology, media, gender, race, and social justice. Her research has been supported by multiple grants.
- Literary and Cultural Studies
- Literary and Critical Theory
- Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies
- Gender, Indigeneity, Racialization
- Embodiment and performance
- Aesthetics and politics
- SSHRC Insight Grant – “African Diaspora Literature, Culture and Technology in Brazil” – 2019-2023 – PI: Santos
The Holy Mountain (New York: Columbia University Press, 2017)
Arnaldo Canibal Antunes (São Paulo: Editora nVersos, 2013)
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.