Paulo Dutra

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Assistant Professor

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Spanish and Portuguese

Curriculum Vitae


PhD, Purdue University, 2014.

MA, Purdue University, 2007.

BA, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, 2004.


Paulo Dutra, a Don Quijote aficionado, is a side effect of a self-legitimated system of privileged cultural representation that drove him into becoming a non-traditional college student, an addict to short story writing and reading, a poet, and a teacher/scholar in order to escape performing activities, for a living, that some machine could easily accomplish. He is the author of Aversão oficial: resumida (Malê, 2018) and of the semifinalist of 2020 Oceanos Prize book of poetry ablliterações (Malê, 2019). He specializes in the intersections of race and artistic and cultural production in Luso-Brazilian/Latin-American context with an emphasis on conducting independent approaches to literary and cultural production that present alternatives to mainstream practices. His scholarly work on Don Quijote, race in Machado de Assis’s works, and Racionais MC’s’s rap music has appeared in journals and book chapters in Brazil, Argentina and The United States.

Research Interests

  • 19th and 20th century Latin American literature and culture.
  • Afro-Latin American literature and culture.
  • Machado de Assis.
  • Rap music and race.


Phone: 505-277-5907
Fax: 505-277-3885

Physical Address

Room 455
Ortega Hall
Building # 79 on the UNM map

Mailing Address

1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1070