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Pedro Meira Monteiro

  • Spanish and Portuguese
Position: Professor
Title: Professor of Spanish and Portuguese. Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
  • Modern and Contemporary Brazil
Office: 349 East Pyne
Phone: 609-258-5140
Office Hours: Appointments via WASS
Pedro Meira Monteiro


Pedro Meira Monteiro is professor and chair in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University. He teaches courses on Latin America with a special focus on literature and society in Brazil, ranging from fiction, poetry, essays and music, to politics, race and citizenship.

Working in the intersection of intellectual history and literature, Prof. Meira Monteiro has combined academic production with the writing of shorter texts for cultural magazines, blogs and newspapers. He has edited and authored several books, among them Mário de Andrade e Sérgio Buarque de Holanda: Correspondência (2012), The First Class: Transits of Brazilian Literature Abroad (also available in Portuguese and Spanish, 2014), Signo e desterro: Sérgio Buarque de Holanda e a imaginação do Brasil (2015 with an English-language edition forthcoming in 2017), and Futuro abolido: Machado de Assis e o Memorial de Aires (forthcoming in 2017).

With João Biehl, Lilia Moritz Schwarcz and Antonio Sérgio Guimarães, Prof. Meira Monteiro co-directs the University of São Paulo/Princeton University network on “Race and Citizenship in the Americas." He is co-director of Princeton’s summer program in Rio de Janeiro. He has been a visiting professor at several Brazilian universities, and has lectured around the world.

Selected articles, video and photographs of scholarly interest can be found at Prof. Meira Monteiro's website ( Occasional pieces, including contributions to magazines and newspapers, can be found in his blog titled “Pena vadia”—which means a wandering, trampish and relatively lazy pen ( Pena vadia can be followed in Facebook (

Ph.D., Literary Theory and History, Unicamp, Brazil
D.E.A., Socio-Cultural History, Université de Versailles, France
B.A. and M.A., Sociology, Unicamp, Brazil