PSP Chair

Professor G. Mathias Kondolf

PSP Executive Director

Deolinda M. Adão

Executive Committee

Deolinda Adão Executive Director, Portuguese Studies Program
Irene Bloemraad Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
Stanley Brandes Professor, Department of Anthropology
Natalia Brizuela Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Luisa Caldas Professor, Architecture
Jeroen Dewulf Professor, Department of German
Richard Herr Professor Emeritus, Department of History
G. Matt Kondolf Professor, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
Manuel Duarte de Oliveira DACED - Envir Design Dean's Office
Mari Lyn Salvador Director, Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology
Candace Slater Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Don Warrin Historian, Regional Oral History Office, Bancroft Library
Duarte Carvalho Pinheiro Camões Institute Lecturer, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Catarina Gama Doctoral Student, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Sebastião Macedo Doctoral Student, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Board of Advisors

Professor Vasco Rato President, Luso-American Development Foundation
Dr. Manuel Bettencourt Former President, Luso-American Education Foundation
Professor Michael Baum Director, Luso-American Development Foundation
Dr. Nuno Matthias Consul General of Portugal in San Francisco
Professor G. Mathias Kondolf Chair, PSP, (ex-officio)

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Irene Bloemraad Irene Bloemraad Department of Sociology
(MA, McGill; PhD, Harvard) studies the nexus between immigration and the political system. Her interest in immigration stems from personal experience: Irene was born in Europe, moved to Canada as a young girl, and then migrated to the United States as a graduate student. Her most recent research looks at immigrant political participation in comparative perspective, with a special focus on how government policies influence newcomers' practice and understanding of citizenship. Professor Bloemraad's first book, Becoming a Citizen, (UC Press, 2006) examines political incorporation among Portuguese and Vietnamese migrants in Boston and Toronto. Portuguese immigrant communities are also a focal point for Bloemraad's article "The North American Naturalization Gap: An Industrial Approach to Citizenship Acquisition in the United States and Canada" (in International Migration Review, 2002). She is currently researching immigrant communities, including those of Portuguese origin, in the greater Bay area.

Stanley Brandes Stanley Brandes Department of Anthropology
(AB, University of Chicago; PhD, UC Berkeley) has taught in his department since 1974 and, during the 1990s, spent seventh years as Chair of the Department. For over three decades, Brandes has been immersed in the study of European and Latin American ethnography and folklore. His work has focused about equally on Iberia and Ibero-America. Over the course of his career, he has turned to a wide variety of topics, including peasant society and culture, demographic anthropology, symbolism, gender, folklore, humor, popular ritual and religion, the cultural dimensions of food and drink, and most recently, visual anthropology. He has carried out fieldwork in both rural and urban settings. Brandes is the author of five books, co-editor of one, and author of over a hundred articles, book chapters, reviews and brief commentaries. His most recent volume, an ethnographic study of Alcoholics Anonymous in Mexico City, has just been published.

Natalia Brizuela Natalia Brizuela Department of Spanish and Portuguese
(BA, Princeton University, New Jersey; PhD, New York University, New York) academic interests include 19th and 20th century Latin American literature, Photography and film. Professor Brizuela has been at Berkeley since 2003. During this time she has organized events in collaboration with the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, The Pacific Film Archive, and the PSP. She has participated in innumerous conferences and is a prolific writer with a large number of publications, including  several books such as Fotografia e Império  (2012) and Depois da Fotografia (2014)  

Luisa Caldas Luisa Caldas is Professor of Architecture at UC Berkeley. Her teaching activities focus on the integration of challenging architectural solutions with sustainability and energy dimensions, by developing the conceptual processes, workflows, and computational tools that allow multiple scale integration, from master planning to building design to envelope components. She is interested in the integration into the architectural design process of several energy simulation tools, such as EnergyPlus and Radiance-based tools, in particular by engaging generative design environments. She is the author of GENE_ARCH, a generative design system that integrates Energy Plus, Radiance, Daysim and Evalglare as simulation engines, and uses Pareto Genetic Algorithms for search and generation of 3D design solutions.

Jeroen Dewulf Jeroen Dewulf is associate professor in the Department of German, where he teaches courses in both German Studies and Dutch Studies. He is the current director of Berkeley's Institute of European Studies. As an affiliated member of the Center for African Studies and the Latin American Studies Graduate Group, he is also active in the field of African Studies and Latin-American Studies. Dewulf graduated with a major in Germanic Philology and a minor in Portuguese Studies at the University of Ghent. He holds an MA from the University of Porto and a PhD in German Literature from the University of Bern. He publishes in five different languages (English, Dutch, German, Portuguese and French). Recent distinctions are the Robert O. Collins Award in African Studies in 2013, the 2014 Hendricks Award of the New Netherland Institute for his research on the first slave community on Manhattan. In 2015, his article "Emulating a Portuguese Model: The Slave Policy of the West India Company and the Dutch Reformed Church in Dutch Brazil (1630-1654) and New Netherland (1614-1664) in Comparative Perspective" was distinguished with the Van Slyke Article Prize.

Richard Herr Richard Herr Department of History
(PhD, University of Chicago) Professor Emeritus of History, has engaged in research and instruction in the modern history of western Europe, with emphasis on the Iberian peninsula. For thirty years before his retirement in 1991 he taught the primary undergraduate course at Berkeley on the history of Spain and Portugal from ancient times to the present. From 1987 to 1991 he chaired the Iberian Studies Group of Berkeley. He organized and contributed to two major conferences involving Portugal and edited their proceedings, which were published by the Institute of International Studies, Berkeley: Iberian Identity: Essays on the Nature of Identity in Portugal and Spain (co-edited with John Polt, 1998) and The New Portugal: Democracy and Europe (1992). In July 2003 at a ceremony in Madrid headed by Prince Philip, Herr was one of eight historians honored by the Society of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies for their Distinguished Contributions to North American Scholarship on Modern Iberia. From 1994 and 1998 Herr chaired PSP at UC Berkeley, and currently chairs the Spanish Studies Program.

Matt Kondolf Matt Kondolf Department of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning
(AB Princeton; MS, UC Santa Cruz; PhD, Johns Hopkins University) is a fluvial geomorphologist and environmental planner whose research concerns environmental river management, with emphasis on Mediterranean-climate rivers, notably effects of human development on the delivery of sediment to rivers, effects of mining and dams on river systems and assessment of ecological restoration. In addition to technical articles on these topics and Tools in Geomorphology: a Handbook for Geologists, Hydrologists, Engineers, Biologists and Planners (John Wiley and Sons 2003), he is author of two chapters in Conservacão, valoriazao e gestão ambiental de sistemas fluvias: applicacão a bacia hidrografica do rio Sado (McGraw-Hill) based on PSP-supported research with colleagues in Portugal. Dr. Kondolf was awarded a Fullbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to Portugal (2001) where he taught at the Instituto Superior da Agronomia, conducted research on dam-induced channel changes in tributaries to the Sado river in the Alentejo and on urban channels in Estoril and Sintra, west of Lisbon.

Duarte Pinheiro Duarte Pinheiro (BA & MA University of Coimbra; PhD Fernando Pessoa University) is a Camões Institute lecturer and he teaches at the Department of Spanish & Portuguese.  From 2006 to 2013 he taught Portuguese Language at the University of L’Aquila, Italy; and Portuguese Language and Literature from 2010 to 2013 at the University of Salerno.  Besides denoting a particular interest in Portuguese Crime Fiction, his primary fields of research are Literary Theory, Linguistics and Contemporary Portuguese Literature.

Candace Slater Candace Slater Department of Spanish & Portuguese
(BA, Brown University; PhD, Stanford University) is a Marian B. Koshland Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and the Director of UC Berkeley's Townsend Center for the Humanities. Among her primary areas of research are Lusophone Amazonian culture, narrative folklore, poetry (the literature de cordel, which had its roots in Portugal) and mythology with roots in both Portugal and other cultures that took root in Brazil. Dr. Slater is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Ordem de Rio Branco, the highest honor Brazil can bestow a foreigner (1996) and the Ordem de Merito from the Brazilian Ministry of Culture, an award generally reserved for Brazilians (2002). In 2000, she was selected as United States Representative on the Humboldt Commemorative Expedition to the Orinoco and Amazon. Recent books include Entangled Edens: Visions of the Amazon (University of California Press 2001) and Dance of the Dolphin, Transformation and Disenchantment in the Amazonian Imagination (University of Chicago Press 1994), as well as articles on topics ranging from folklore to landscape interaction. She is also the editor of In Search of the Rainforest (Duke University Press, 2004).

Donald Warrin Don Warrin Historian, Regional Oral History Office, Bancroft Library
(BA, University of Southern California; MA & PhD, New York University) is a professor emeritus of Portuguese, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at California State University, East Bay. He has specialized for many years in both the history and literature of Portuguese immigrants in the American West. His latest book, Land, As Far As the Eye Can See: Portuguese in the Old West (2001) (soon to be published in Portuguese translation by Bertrand Editora, Lisbon) examines the Portuguese presence on the early Far West frontier. Dr. Warrin is currently working as an historian with the Regional Oral History Office at UC Berkeley's Bancroft Library, where he oversees an oral history project on Portuguese communities in California. In spring 2003 Dr. Warrin was the initial "Visiting Distinguished Professor" of the Helio and Amelia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. With financial support from PSP, he is working on a book about the important role played by Portuguese and Cape Verdeans in the American whaling industry.

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Catarina de Morais Gama

Catarina de Morais Gama is pursuing her Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures at University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include Contemporary Portuguese Literature and Culture (Post Carnation Revolution period), Contemporary Brazilian Literature, Literature of Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa, Language policy, and Iberian Studies.

Catarina holds an M.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Universidade Nova de Lisboa and a B.A. in Portuguese Language and Culture from Universidade de Lisboa. She previously served as lecturer of Portuguese Language and Culture for the Camões Institute.

Sebastiao Edson Macedo

Department of Spanish & Portuguese
MA in Portuguese and African Literatures, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Phd Candidate in Luso-Brazilian Cultures and Literatures at UC Berkeley. Master Thesis on the relationship between music and poetry in Jorge de Sena’s work. He has conducted research and taught on avant-garde, modern and contemporary Portuguese Poetry. As doctoral student at UC Berkeley, he has delved into the biopolitical bias of literature and the literary representations of spaces of exclusion, such as the Sertão and the favelas. Currently working on the conceptualization of poverty within the canonic Brazilian literature. Won the 2012 Tinker Fellowship to conduct field research on genocide and literature in Canudos, Bahia State, Brazil. As Graduate Student Instructor, he teaches Advanced Portuguese Language. Received the 2014-2015 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award. Member of the Research Board for Luso-Brazilian Relationship (affiliated to The Royal Portuguese Reading Room in Rio de Janeiro). He has published photography, poetry, translations, articles and essays in jornals such as Lucero, Pequena Morte, Desenredos, Colóquio Letras, The Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies and Metamorfoses. As poet, he published three volumes of poetry: cego puro sol (2004), para apascentar o tamanho do mundo (2006) and as medicinas (2010)

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Cristina Sá, 2014-2016

Assistant Professor at the School of the Arts of the Portuguese Catholic University (UCP), teaching in the field of Media Art and Digital Culture. She holds a PhD degree in Communication Science / Audiovisual and Interactive Media (Universidade Nova de Lisboa). She worked on the definition of Interface as a concept, building its ontology and operating it as a mediation complex that governs experience. This is still a very active part of her current research interests. Her main research field is Interactive Art at UCP’s Research Center for Science and Technology of the Arts (CITAR), where she studies different aspects of Portuguese Digital Culture. One of these aspects is the institutionalization of digital art in Portugal, she has been working on tracing its causes and mapping its consequences for the Portuguese art practice. She has a strong commitment to interdisciplinary fields such as Art and Technology due to a hybrid formation in Engineering, Art and Communication.

Teresa Alves, Spring 2015 – Spring 2016

Gonçalo M.C. Rodrigues 2014-2016

Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Institute of Bioengineering and Bioscience
Stem Cell Bioengineering and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory
Ph.D. Student in Biotechnology Degree anticipated by January 2017
Dissertation: Bioprocessing of Human Pluripotent Stem Cell-derived Neural Cells for Regenerative
Medicine Applications

Integrated Masters in Biomedical Engineering Completed in 2012
Master thesis: Purification of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Cells for Regenerative Medicine Applications
Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Visiting Scholar: Department of Bioengineering, Schaffer Lab
Portuguese Studies Program

Project description
Cell separation and enrichment of target-cells differentiated from human pluripotent stem cells
(hPSCs) will be essential for the application of these promising cellular products in drug screening tests,
disease modeling studies and tissue engineering treatments. The inability to differentiate all stem cells
cultured into the desired cell type, with 100% efficiency, will demand purification stages along hPSC
commitment protocols. However, the development of a wide-ranging method, or device, capable of
concurrently achieve cell separations with high throughput, high target-cell recovery, high final purity and
high viability remains difficult. Focusing on scalability, the central objective of this project is to develop a
tag-free enrichment platform for hPSC-derived neural precursors. The successful implementation of such
strategy may contribute to overcome the bottleneck of having potentially dangerous cell heterogeneity after neuronal differentiation.


Pinto/Fialon Undergraduate Scholarship, 2014-2015

Pinto/Fialon Graduate Scholarship, 2014-2015

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Arthur Pinto Arthur Ferreira Pinto UC Berkeley Alumni, Chemist
was born in Verdemilho, in the council of Aveiro, Portugal on 24 August 1901. He came to the US in 1920, landing in Providence and boarding a train to Oakland. He worked on farms near Ryde in the Sacramento delta for two years, then worked in the Albers Flour Mill and the Southern Pacitic Sawmill, taking high school courses at night. In 1928, a botched operation for an abscess behind his ear left the left side of his face paralyzed and created a noise in his left ear that plagued him for the rest of his life. Pinto entered the University of California, studying chemistry and despite his hardships graduated in 1942, at age 40. He started work at the Kaiser shipyard, rising within three months from a laborer to a electrician's helper to journeyman, laying out electrical cable on the deck of Liberty ships. In 1943 he left the shipyard and began his career as a chemist at the El Dorado Oil Works, first at the Berkeley then the Oakland plant. On his own time, Pinto developed and published a method to analyze copra and oilseeds, and invented and patented laboratory equipment.

In 1949 he joined the US Army Chemical Corps as a chemical control inspector, left in 1959 to travel abroad, returned to work as a chemist for the State of California, retired in 1968. Upon retirement, he traveled abroad for six years, then returned to Berkeley, where he lived in a modest apartment in the Shattuck Hotel until his death in 1991 at age 90.

Annette Fialon Berkeley High School French Teacher
spent her retirement years with Mr. Pinto in Berkeley and on frequent trips abroad until her death in 1985. Both Mr. Pinto and Ms. Fialon left their estates to the University of California, and their generosity makes it financially possible for many Portuguese and Portuguese-American undergraduates and graduate students to attend UC Berkeley.

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