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R. Benedito Ferrão

Assistant Professor of English and Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies

Office: Tucker Hall 117
Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 2-2:50 by appointment (Spring 2024)
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Ferrão, R. Benedito, ed. Goa/Portugal/Mozambique: The Many Lives of Vamona Navelcar. Margão: CinnamonTeal, 2017.

R. Benedito Ferrão in an Assistant Professor of English and Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies, with an affiliation in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Dr. Ferrão was named a Fellow of the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence at Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies (University of Bayreuth, Germany, 2020-21) and is also the recipient of a Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Research Award (2019-20). He completed his Ph.D. at Birkbeck College, University of London, where he was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. As an Endeavour Postdoctoral Fellow at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, he researched literary representations of African slavery in the Indian Ocean world. His other scholarly and teaching interests are in Afro-Asiatic connections between Portuguese and British post/coloniality, as well as diaspora and transnational fiction with a focus on race, gender, and sexuality. In addition to having taught at UCLA, Birla Institute of Technology and Science (Pilani) Goa, and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, he was also a Mellon Faculty Fellow at William and Mary. In 2017-18, he curated the exhibition Goa/Portugal/Mozambique: The Many Lives of Vamona Navelcar at the Fundação Oriente gallery in Panjim, Goa and edited a book of the same title to accompany the retrospective (Fundação Oriente 2017). His scholarly writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Research in African Literatures, Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, Society and Culture in South Asia, and recent edited books from Hong Kong University Press and Routledge. As an internationally published writer of creative fiction, non-fiction, and public commentary, his work can be read in The Wire, The Good Men Project, João Roque Literary Journal, and Mizna among other publications.