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Bruno Carvalho

  • Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
Position: Assistant Professor
  • Modern and Contemporary Brazil
Field: Latin American Literatures & Cultures; Urban Studies; Environmental Humanities
Office: 343 East Pyne
Phone: 609-258-4514
Office Hours: Wed 10:30-11:45am or by appointment
Bruno Carvalho


Bruno Carvalho's research and teaching interests range from the early modern period to the present, and include literature, culture, and the built environment in Latin American and Iberian contexts, with a focus on Brazil. He has written on topics related to poetry, film, architecture, cartography, city planning, race and racism in publications like Spaces and Flows, Luso-Brazilian Review, Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Remate de Males, revista piauí, Daylight & Architecture, and others. His Porous City: A Cultural History of Rio de Janeiro (2013) won the Brazilian Studies Association Roberto Reis Book Award in 2014. Carvalho has also collaborated on a new museum of the city of Rio de Janeiro, and co-organized a critical edition in Portuguese of the earliest versions of United States constitutional documents, which circulated in 18th century Brazil and played a role in independence movements (O Livro de Tiradentes, 2013). Currently, he is working on two books: the first is tentatively titled Partial Enlightenments: Race, Cities, and Nature in the Luso-Brazilian Eighteenth Century. The second, The Future Revisited, explores how different unrealized urban plans from the 1500s onward helped to shape the imagination and development of cities. At Princeton, Bruno Carvalho holds the George H. and Mildred F. Whitfield University Preceptorship in the Humanities. He is affiliated to the Center for African American Studies, and associated to the Program in Urban Studies, the Princeton Environmental Institute, and the Program in Latin American Studies. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.