Vivaldo Santos is an associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese in the College, where he is director of the Portuguese program. He also teaches in the Center for Latin American Studies in the School of Foreign Service. He joined the Georgetown faculty in 1999 and was a member of the Latin America Initiative Faculty Committee (2016-2017).
International activities include:
- Author of two books (in Portuguese) and 15 journal or book articles (in Portuguese and in English).
- Research projects include "Scenes of the Capital," the intersection of economics and literature in Luso-Brazilian literature; Contemporary Brazilian literature (twenty-first century Brazilian fiction), and "O ABC do Português," focusing on the teaching and learning of Portuguese language in Brazilian immigrant communities.
- Other areas of research and expertise include nineteenth and twentieth century Brazilian literature, avant-garde poetry, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Brazilian popular music, Brazilian cinema, and literary theory.