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Emilia Barbosa

School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures - Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall 2021
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS


Emilia Barbosa is a PhD in Hispanic Studies from KU (2016). She also received a Masters in Spanish from KU and two B.A.s, respectively in Spanish and French from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Prior to moving into the US and becoming a US citizen, Emilia studied Law at the University of Coimbra, Faculdade de Direito, French at the Alliançe Française in Portugal and France (Lille), and Anthropology at the University of Bristol. Having worked for many years as a medical and legal interpreter in South Carolina, in 2006 Emilia moved to Kansas to pursue a graduate graduation. Parallel to her graduate education, Emilia has taught basic language sequences extensively in both Spanish and Portuguese regionally, from Kansas City to Topeka, at the college level. Always striving to deliver more than just trivial knowledge of languages and cultures, Emilia specializes in cultural inclusion in language courses and has been developing her knowledge of Digital Humanities in the last three years. At KU, Emilia has taken part in the Acceso project from its very beginning and is currently working on a grant proposal for a Portuguese-language intermediate level digital platform named Portal and inspired by it. 

Teaching Interests

  • Cultural Competency
  • Language Competency
  • Digital Humanities
  • Student Engagement Beyond the Classroom
  • Grounded
  • Well-rounded Citizenry Mentorship


“Body Talk: Performing Violence Against Women in Contemporary Guatemala” – dissertation defended in May 2006

Research Interests

  • Theater and Performance Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Latin American Literatures and Cultural Studies (emphasis on Central America)
  • Transatlantic Portuguese Literatures and Cultural Studies (emphasis on Portuguese-speaking Africa)

Selected Publications

  • Barbosa, Emilia. “Flipping the Tortillera: Sandra Monterroso’s Hybrid Iconography in Tus tortillas, mi amor (2004).” Gender in Hispanic Literature and Visual Arts. Edited by Tania Gómez, Patricia Bolaños-Fabres and Christina Mougoyanni-Hennessy. New York: Lexington Books. 2016. Print.
  • Barbosa, Emilia. "Regina José Galindo's Body Talk: Performing Feminicide and Violence against Women in 279 Golpes." Latin American Perspectives 41.1 (194 January 2014): 59-71. Print. 

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