- Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
- Portuguese Language, Linguistics, and Culture
Megwen Loveless is a social anthropologist who specializes in teaching Portuguese language through music. She has been a member of the Spanish and Portuguese Department since 2005, where she teaches POR 108, POR 109, POR 110, POR 208 and POR 209. Besides incorporating music into each and every lesson, she enjoys exploring new media in the language classroom, including the use of IM, Skype, youtube, facebook and discussion/voice boards.
Her research focuses on forró music in the cities of Recife, Rio de Janeiro and New York as well as regional/national migrations and the juxtaposition of modernity and tradition in Brazilian popular music. Her recent publications include: “Popular Brazilian Music: Review of ‘The Defence of Tradition’ by Sean Stroud,” World of Music: Journal of the Department of Ethnomusicology (Bamberg, Germany: forthcoming); “Between the Folds of Luiz Gonzaga’s Sanfona: Forró Music in Brazil,” The Accordion on New Shores, Ed. Helena Simonett (Champaign, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, forthcoming); “Forró Music in a Transnational Setting,” Revista: Special Edition on Dance (David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University: Fall ’07) and the liner notes and translations for the cd “Wha’s Happening? Recent Music from Pernambuco, Brazil” (Luaka Bop Records, Spring ’07).