Paulo Dutra

    Assistant Professor, Spanish and Portuguese

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Photo: Paulo Dutra

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 a short story collection Aversão oficial: resumida (Malê, 2018) and of an upcoming poetry collection ablliterações. 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.


  • PhD, Purdue University, 2014
  • MA, Purdue University, 2007
  • BA, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, 2004

Research Areas

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