Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies
Patricia Sobral was educated in Brazil and the United States and has lived all her life between and in the midst of several cultures. She holds a Ph.D. in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies from Brown University, where she is currently a faculty member. She is the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. Patricia teaches several courses in Portuguese via the arts, for example Performing Brazil, and three courses in English: a first-year seminar, Belonging and Displacement; a sophomore seminar, Mapping Cross-Cultural Identities, and Artful Teaching. Patricia Sobral is the recipient of the 2012 Harriet W. Sheridan Award for Distinguished Contribution to Teaching and Learning at Brown, and the Undergraduate Student Council Award for Teaching and Advising, and the recipient of the 2016 Karen T. Romer Prize for Excellence in Advising. She is a co-author of Ponto de Encontro, Viajando através do alfabeto, and Mapeando o Português através das Artes. She integrates the performing, visual, digital, and literary arts to enhance language acquisition, deepen cultural awareness, and demonstrate how the arts can promote change.