Eliseo Jacob is a senior lecturer in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Howard University.  He has a Ph.D. from the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at The University of Texas at Austin.  His research and teaching interests include Latin American urban literature and culture, Latin American cultural studies, contemporary Brazilian literature and culture, with a concentration on Afro-Brazilian literary and cultural productions.  His current book project, Literary Counterpublics in the Americas: Race, Space and Citizenship in São Paulo and New York, is a comparative study between the Literatura Periférica movement in São Paulo’s urban periphery and the Afro-Latino literary scene in New York.  He asserts that writers and artists from contemporary marginalized urban communities in the Americas are employing creative strategies that are inherently political due to their ability to contest hegemonic discourses on how black and brown bodies can affirm their identities in the space of the city.


Ph.D. in Languages & Literatures of Portuguese & Spanish, The University of Texas at Austin (2014)

M.A. in Luso-Brazilian Literature & Culture, The University of Texas at Austin (2009)

B.A. in Latin American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin (2007)


Refereed Journal Articles 

“Allan da Rosa and the Creation of a Radical Afro-Brazilian Imagination.” Afro-Hispanic Review. (Manuscript under review)

“The Organic Intellectual and the Bandido: The Periferia as a Site of Black Civic Engagement in Ferréz’s Manual prático do ódio.” Itinerários – Revista de Literatura Brasileira.  Special issue on Black Literature in Brazil n.46 (2018)

“Peripheral Rhizomes: Reterritorialization and Urban Space in Sacolinha’s Estação Terminal.”  Ipotesi: Revista de Estudos Literários 21.1 (2017).

Chapters in Edited Volumes

“Afro-Reggae and Brazilian Funk: Discourses on Black Masculinity in the Diaspora” Pan- Africanism and Negritude: Dialogues between Africa and the African Diaspora (Past, Present, Future). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (Forthcoming Fall 2019)


Literary Counterpublics in the Americas: Race, Space and Citizenship in São Paulo and New York (Book Manuscript)


Modern Language Association (MLA)

College Language Association (CLA)

Latin American Studies Association (LASA)

Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA)

Brazilian Comparative Literature Association (ABRALIC)

American Portuguese Studies Association (APSA)

Latinx Studies Association (LSA)

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