Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Megwen Loveless

Senior Lecturer

Contact Info


  • B.A., Tulane University, Portuguese, Spanish and Latin American Studies, 2000
  • M.A., Social Anthropology, Harvard University May 2004
  • Ph.D., Harvard University, Social Anthropology, 2010

Academic Experience

  • Acting Director of Portuguese, Princeton University, Spring 2011, Spring 2012
  • Lecturer, Course Head, Princeton University, 2005-2015

Research & Teaching Specializations: Second Language Acquisition; Innovative classroom pedagogy; Community-based learning; New technologies in foreign language; Popular Culture & Globalization; Peformativity; Visual Ethnographies; Fictional ethnographies; Ethnographic Methods; Diaspora and Syncretism; Indigenous Cultures of Latin America

Related Experience

  • Founder & Organizer of Cafe Internacional Telecollaboration Club, Portuguese-language board game night, Maracatu percussion band, Princeton University, 2013-2015
  • Consultant and author for Carnegie Hall’s Voices from Latin American Festival, New York, 2012
  • Co-Producer of Afropop Worldwide’s Hip Deep Series: Luiz Gonzaga: Portrait of King of Baião, National Public Radio, 2005


  • Community Based Learning Initiative Award for Curriculum Development, 2012
  • Spanish and Portuguese Department Award for Curriculum Development, Princeton University, 2010
  • Lemann Fellowship for Brazilian Studies, Harvard University, 2006
  • Foreign Language Area Studies Dissertation Fellowship for fieldwork abroad, 2005-2006
  • Award for Teaching Excellence, Bok Center, 2003-2005


  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • German

Selected Publications

  • “Creative Curricula: Crafting ‘Communities’ Inside and Outside the Classroom.” Chapter in Manual for Portuguese Teachers. Ed. Margo Milleret. Forthcoming.
  • 2014. “Review of Maxine Margolis’s ‘Goodbye, Brazil: Émigrés from the land of Soccer and Samba.” American Anthropologist.
  • 2013. “Review of Amy Chazkel’s ‘Laws of Chance.’” _Ellipsis: Journal of the American Portuguese Studies Association.
  • 2012. “Between the Folds of Luiz Gonzaga’s Sanfona: Forró Music in Brazil.” The Accordion in the Americas. Ed. Helena Simonett. Champaigne, Illinois: University of Illinois Press.
  • 2009. “Popular Brazilian Music: Review of ‘In defense of Tradition’ by Sean Stroud. World of Music: Journal of the Department of Ethnomusicology. Bamberg, Germany: Vol. 51(2)
  • 2007. “Forró Music in a Transnational Setting.” Revista: Special Edition on Dance. David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Luso-Brazilian Literature; Introductory Portuguese I; Introductory Portuguese II; Introductory Brazilian Portuguese for Sp. Speakers; Intensive Brazilian Portuguese; Portuguese Cultural Themes: Images of the Brazilian Northeast; Portuguese in Context: Studies in Language and Style

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