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Pedro Meira Monteiro

  • Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures
Position: Professor
Title: Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures.
  • Modern and Contemporary Brazil
Office: 349 East Pyne
Phone: 609-258-5140
Office Hours: By appointment
Pedro Meira Monteiro


Pedro Meira Monteiro is a professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures at Princeton University, where 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.

In recent years Prof. Meira Monteiro’s research has developed around the intersection of intellectual history and literature. He has worked on multiple fronts, combining academic production with the writing of shorter texts for cultural magazines, blogs and newspapers. He is currently working on a biography of Brazilian historian and literary critic Sérgio Buarque de Holanda (1902-1982).
Prof. Meira Monteiro has edited and authored several books, among them Um moralista nos trópicos: o visconde de Cairu e o duque de La Rochefoucauld (2004), Mário de Andrade e Sérgio Buarque de Holanda: Correspondência (2012), Cangoma Calling: Spirits and Rhythms of Freedom in Brazilian Jongo Slavery Songs (2013), 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, and O futuro abolido: Machado de Assis e o Memorial de Aires (forthcoming).
With João Biehl, Lilia Moritz Schwarcz and Antonio Sérgio Guimarães, Prof. Meira Monteiro co-directs the Princeton-University of São Paulo network on “Race and Citizenship in the Americas." He is the Acting Director of Princeton's Program in Latin American Studies (2014-2015), and was the on-site co-director of Princeton’s summer program in Rio de Janeiro (2012-2013). Prof. Meira Monteiro was the executive editor of the journal of the American Portuguese Studies Association, ellipsis, from 2010 to 2014. He has been a visiting professor at Brazilian universities, and has lectured in several countries.
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 (
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