Luis Gonçalves holds a Ph.D. in Romance Languages, with a Minor in Communication Studies and a Certification in Cultural Studies, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He joined the Spanish and Portuguese Department at Princeton University in Fall 2010. Before joining the department, he coordinated the Portuguese Program and taught language and Cultural Studies courses at Columbia University.
Professor Gonçalves specializes in Portuguese-speaking cultures and civilizations and their transatlantic dynamic in the 19th and 20th centuries. His research interests include social movements, literature, popular culture and film from the Portuguese-speaking countries, their identity constructs, Diasporas, migrations and lately also the cultural articulations of the Portuguese-American communities.
He has been a guest speaker at several events and has also organized conferences, conference panels and presented papers in the United States, Portugal, and Brazil. Professor Gonçalves also does research in Second Language Acquisition and Methodology of Foreign Languages applied to the teaching of Portuguese as a Foreign Language. He regularly gives training to instructors of Portuguese as a Foreign Language in the United States, Brazil and Portugal. He is also the vice-president of the American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese.
Professor Gonçalves also created and maintains the Portuguese-American Review blog (www.portugueseamericanreview.com) that focuses on the Portuguese-American experience.