Eliseo Jacob has a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin with a background in contemporary Latin American and Brazilian literary and cultural productions. As a faculty member in the Department of World Languages & Cultures at Howard University, he teaches courses on Portuguese language and Brazilian popular culture that focus on issues related to gender, race, and citizenship.

Dr. Jacob’s recent publications contextualize literary and cultural representations of the urban periphery as part of a larger analysis regarding the relationship between race, masculinity, and citizenship in contemporary Latin American urban spaces.  His current book project, Masculinidades Marginales: Race, Gender, and Citizenship in São Paulo and New York, is an examination of cultural productions produced by writers and artists from underrepresented communities in the Americas in order to understand how representations of male youth raise larger questions surrounding citizenship.  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.

His literary and cultural studies scholarship has been complemented by the development of research and teaching methods related to the digital humanities. Since 2019, he has been a scholar in the Black Book Interactive Project at the University of Kansas with a focus on creating metadata schema that addresses race-related issues. His current digital humanities project, “Afro-Artivismo: Redefining Black Masculinity in São Paulo,” interrogates the dynamic relationship between race, space, and citizenship, and it uses the Scalar digital platform to create data visualizations of complex artistic networks in São Paulo, Brazil.

Dr. Jacob was recently awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award for the 2021-22 academic year.  He developed a project on writing communities in the urban periphery of São Paulo and collaborated with faculty at the University of São Paulo. For the 2022-23 academic year he will be an ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies) Fellow completing his book manuscript.


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 

“Binho: Poetry as Social Practice in the Urban Periphery” Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies Journal. (2021)

“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

“The History of Black Writing Digital Archive: Digitization, Infrastructure, and Collocation as Social Practice.” Co-authored with Dr. Marina del Sol. English Language Literatures: Interdisciplinary Readings, n.6 (2021)

“Black Lives Matter in Brazil: Cidinha da Silva’s #Parem de nós matar.”  Black Writing Matters: Literary Interventions in the Afro-AméricasEds. Jennifer Carolina Gómez Menjívar & Héctor Nicolás Ramos Flores.  University of Minnesota Press (Forthcoming 2022)

“Senzalas e Quilombos Modernos: Evoking the Legacy of Slavery in Brazilian Hip Hop.”  Trajectories of Empire: Transhispanic Dialogues on the African Diaspora. Ed. Jerome Branche.  Vanderbilt University Press (Forthcoming 2022)

Blog Posts


Masculinidades Marginales: Race, Gender, and Citizenship in São Paulo and New York (Book Manuscript in Progress)

Afro-Artivismo: Refining Black Masculinity in São Paulo (Digital Humanities Project)

Upcoming Talks and Conferences




Modern Language Association (MLA)

College Language Association (CLA)

Latin American Studies Association (LASA)

Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA)

Digital Ethnic Futures Consortium (DEFCon)

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