Elise M. Dietrich

Elise M. Dietrich

Dr. Dietrich has been teaching Portuguese since 2011, most recently at the United States Military Academy at West Point. She began her journey with Portuguese while traveling and teaching English in Brazil. Dr. Dietrich holds a Ph.D. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University, with a specialization in Brazilian cultural studies, and conducts research on representations of race, gender, and class in Brazilian popular music, literature, and media. Her teaching focuses on developing cultural competency alongside linguistic fluency with the goal of preparing students for future intercultural experiences.

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Portuguese, Department of Foreign Languages, United States Military Academy at West Point (2013-2017)
  • Instructor of Portuguese, Tulane University (2011-2013)
  • Instructor of Latin American Studies, Tulane University (2009-2011)

Education & Professional Certifications

  • D., Latin American Studies, Tulane University, 2014
  • A., Latin American Studies, Tulane University, 2009
  • A. in Studio Art, Bard College, 2001

Scholarly Activity

  • Quarto de Despejo no Palco: Staged Authenticity in Representations of Brazilian Poverty,” Latin American Theater Review.
  • “No Tempo de Zicartola: Locating Cultural Mediation in Rio de Janeiro, 1963-65.” Hispania 3 (September 2017): 439-449.
  • “A Turma do Pererê: Visualizations of Gender in a Brazilian Children’s Comic.” Gender, Empire and Postcolony: Luso-Afro-Brazilian Intersections. Eds. Hillary Owen and Anna M. Klobucka. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
  • “Ziraldo’s A Turma do Pererê: Representations of Race in a Brazilian Children’s Comic.” Afro-Hispanic Review 2 (2010): 143-160.