Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Megwen Loveless

Senior Professor of Practice - Spanish & Portuguese, Director - Basic Language Program in Portuguese,

Contact Info

Department Affiliation
Spanish & Portuguese


  • 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

  • Director of Basic Language Program in Portuguese, Tulane University
  • Senior Professor of Practice, Tulane University
  • Lecturer, Course Head, Princeton University, 2005-2015
  • 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, Performativity, Music/Dance of Northeastern Brazil, Ethnomusicology, Ethnographic Methods, Diaspora and Syncretism, Ethnography of Brazilian Music

Related Experience

  • Coordinator of weekly bate-papo informal conversation group, Tulane University
  • Founder & Organizer of PORTulane Portuguese-speaking on-campus community (325 members), PORceiros language partnership program and Teletandem telecollaboration program
  • 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

Overseas Experience

  • Brazil

Selected Publications

  • 2017. Co-author of University of Georgia Flagship Language Program proficiency exam.
  • 2016. “Assessment: Creating Rubrics.” A Handbook for Portuguese Instructors in the U.S. Ed. Margo Milleret & Mary Risner. Roosevelt, NJ: Boa Vista Press.
  • 2016. “Creative Curricula: Crafting ‘Communities’ Inside and Outside the Classroom.” A Handbook for Portuguese Instructors in the U.S. Ed. Margo Milleret & Mary Risner. Roosevelt, NJ: Boa Vista Press.
  • 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.
  • 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; PORT 2030: Intermediate Portuguese, Introductory Brazilian Portuguese for Sp. Speakers; Portuguese Cultural Themes: Images of the Brazilian Northeast; Portuguese in Context: Studies in Language and Style; Business Portuguese; Portuguese Composition and Conversation; Professional Portuguese; Portuguese Cultural Themes: Portuguese in the Community

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Curriculum Vitae