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Luis Goncalves

  • Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
Position: Lecturer
  • Portuguese Language, Linguistics, and Culture
Office: 401 East Pyne
Phone: 609-258-7314
Office Hours: Tue 11:00am-12:00pm & Thu 12:00-1:00pm
Luis Goncalves

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, Canada, Brazil and Portugal. 

Professor Gonçalves is the President of the American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese ( and the Executive Director of the annual Encontro Mundial sobre o Ensino de Português ( He is also the Book Review Editor for Gávea-Brown: A Bilingual Journal of Portuguese-American Letters and Studies, the Editor of the monthly newsletter Boletim Ensinar Português, a member of the Editorial Board of the Portuguese Language Journal (, and he also created and maintains the Portuguese-American Review ( a blog that focuses on the Portuguese-American experience.