Valéria M. Souza holds a Ph.D. in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies & Theory from UMass Dartmouth, with sub-specializations in Disability Studies, Queer Theory/Gender Studies, and Critical Animal Studies. She is currently employed as a Lecturer of Portuguese at Washington University in St. Louis.

Her dissertation, which she defended in May 2013, examined representations and the aesthetics of disability in João Guimarães Rosa’s classic twentieth-century Brazilian novel, Grande Sertão: Veredas.

Some of her recent academic publications are available in .PDF format here.

You can also find her on Twitter: @vsouza_STL and on Instagram @ocavalosiruiz

DISCLAIMER: All views expressed on this blog are entirely Valéria’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of her employers (past or present), nor those of any affiliates, associates, colleagues, etc.

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  1. Angela Jackson says:

    I feel like you are talking about my life! I can completely identify with you! It’s nice to read the truth instead of a puff piece, I think for me it’s better to read stories that are raw, true and funny in their own way! I was diagnosed at 23 and I am now 43! I found out five years ago I also have fibromyalgia! Didn’t realize I could get another fucking autoimmune disease! That is just how the cards fell! I am in aw of your accomplishments! Love to hear from you!

    Thank You,


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