Marina Machado de Oliveira

Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature, admitted Autumn 2021
2020: B.A., Portuguese and Ancient Greek, University of Sao Paulo (USP)

Welcome! Born and raised in Sao Paulo ,SP, Brazil, Marina is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature. Her interests include 19th and 20th century Brazilian literature, literary theory, nation-building, race, anthropology, philosophical approaches to literature and political philosophy. Her research  focuses on analyzing the construction of a national identity in Brazilian literature through the lens of mestiçagem.

Marina is a 2021 recipient of the EDGE (Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education) fellowship for outstanding incoming students. She also co-founded the Hempispheric Racializations working group which brought a series of debates and guest lectures on blackness and indigeneity in Central and South America.

On a personal level, Marina is absolutely passionate about Brazilian music - especially samba, mpb, bossa nova and forró.


Instituto de Estudos Brasileiros USP (Institute of Brazilian Studies, University of Sao Paulo)

2023 July - (3-7)

Paper: Mestiçagem and national identity: formative aspects of Brazilian literature


University of Melburone

2023 - September 6th

"Not all children make it: Literature, Society and mestiçagem in Machado de Assis "Father versus Mother".



Research Interests

  • African Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


  • Anthropology


  • Comparative Studies


  • Ethnic Studies in Language and Literature


  • Literary and Cultural Theory


  • Luso-Brazilian Languages, Literatures & Cultures


  • Music Theory, History, and Criticism


  • Philosophy and Literature


  • Political History, Theory & Culture


  • Portuguese Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


  • Transatlantic Studies