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Ryan - Prof brazilian portuguese - Philadelphia
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  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Portuguese
  • Oral expression - Portuguese
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Trilingual University of Texas at Austin PhD Candidate in Brazilian Literature and Culture in Philadelphia


I have a wealth of experience teaching and tutoring second languages, and living in Latin American countries. In total, I've spent four years living, studying and researching in South America, mostly in Brazil, Argentina and Chile. I have also traveled to Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and completed field work. My PhD research involves the racial imaginary of the Pampas of Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. I've presented my work at Harvard University, Brown University, UT-Austin, the University of Buenos Aires and the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.


Aló gente!

I currently teach Brazilian Portuguese language, literature and culture courses at the University of Texas at Austin, where I am a (now remote) PhD candidate in Iberian and Latin American Languages and Literatures. In the fall of 2020, I taught a course of my own design at the University of Texas titled "The Brazilian Frontier: Race, Gender and Landscape". My course evaluations consistently rank me among the favorite instructors in my Department.

I received my Master's in Hispanic Studies in the summer of 2016. I have taught Spanish at Villanova University and Rowan College of Burlington County, in the Philadelphia Area, and English for 2.5 years in Chile and Argentina.

I have also worked as Senior Interpreter at the Villanova School of Law Clinic for Asylum and Refugee Services, translating and advocating for low-income, Spanish and Portuguese-speaking migrants. Social justice for these communities is something that has defined my professional and academic pursuits.

I'd love to share my passion for language with you or your child and look forward to speaking with you soon!



Rate for online lessons : $45/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : $45
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : $45
Lessons offered by Ryan
The lessons will be held
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Portuguese
  • Oral expression - Portuguese
  • Vocabulary - Portuguese
  • Oral comprehension - Portuguese
  • Writing expression - Portuguese
  • All Levels

Ryan's resume


2022 Ph.D. Iberian and Latin American Literatures and Cultures
University of Texas at Austin
Dissertation: The Afro-Pampas: Black Consciousness, Cultural Activism and Queer Identities at Brazil’s Southern Frontier

2022 Doctoral Portfolio in African and African Diaspora Studies
University of Texas at Austin

2016 M.A. Hispanic Studies, with Distinction
Villanova University

2009 B.A. History (with Honors) and Creative Writing, Magna Cum Laude
Certificate in Latin American Studies, Minor in Music
University of Pittsburgh

GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS_____________________________

2017-2021 Fath Family Fellowship
Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UT Austin

2019 Tinker Field Research Grant
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, UT Austin

2019 Anna Luiza Osorio de Almeida Research Grant
The Brazil Center, University of Texas at Austin

2019 Argentine Studies Fund Award
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, UT Austin

2019 Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, UT Austin

2018 Portuguese Teachers Fellowship
Middlebury Language Schools, Middlebury College

2017 Travel Award
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Villanova University

2015 Brazil Initiation Scholarship
Brazilian Studies Association, Brown University

2015 Graduate Summer Research Fellowship
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Villanova University

2008 Violeta F. Rodríguez Scholarship
Center for Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh

2008 International Studies Fund Award
Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

2021 Morrison, Ryan B. “Black Ghosts in the Afro-Pampas: Haunting and
Folklorisation in Aldo Locatelli’s ‘Negrinho do Pastoreio’ Paintings”,
Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, 29.3: 401-422.

2016 Morrison, Ryan B. “Contrarrelatos policíacos: La restauración histórica
argentina en la narrativa de Ricardo Piglia y Carlos Gamerro”,
Divergencias: Revista de Estudios Lingüísticos y Literarios, 14.1: 1-20.

Other Publications

2021 Portuguese-English translation of “Anotações à margem: notícia sobre
autoria negra na literatura gaúcha”, by Liliam Ramos da Silva, Latin
American Literature Today, 1.18, June. In press.

2021 Portuguese-English translation of “Longe, aqui: Poesia incompleta 1998-
2019 by Maria Esther Maciel”, by Elys Regina Zils, Latin American
Literature Today, 1.17, February.

2016 Spanish-English translation of “Frozen Cities to Survive the End of the
World: Material Communities of Grief. Action Theatre for the End of the
World”, by Ángel Fernández, Theatre Performance and Design, 2.1-2: 27-33.

2014 Morrison, Ryan. “Se estrena segunda película de artista mexicano en
Museo de Arte”, Al Día [Philadelphia, PA], October 19.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE___________________________________________

University of Texas at Austin – Instructor of Record

Upper Division

Fall 2020 The Brazilian Frontier: Race, Gender and Landscape
Conceptualized and created syllabus and curriculum for a literature and culture course; incorporated materials in Spanish, Portuguese and English

Spring 2020 Advanced Portuguese Grammar and Writing in Context
Responsible for designing entire syllabus, all assignments, and grading for a writing-intensive, seminar-style course for Portuguese majors and minors

Lower Division

First-Year Spanish I
Portuguese for Spanish Speakers I and II
Second-Year Portuguese

Villanova University – Instructor of Record

Introductory Spanish I and II
Intermediate Spanish I and II

DEPARTMENTAL APPOINTMENTS__________________________________

2019-2021 Graduate Research Assistant, Portuguese Flagship Program, UT Austin
Designed and taught intensive course in Portuguese for local AP Spanish
high school students; conducted practice OPI assessments; proofread
weekly newsletters in Portuguese; organized and lead Bate-Papo events

2020 Graduate Research Assistant, Advertising & Public Relations, UT Austin
Conducted Portuguese to English translations for Dr. Lucy Atkinson in
collaboration with the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology

2015-2016 Lead Interpreter, Law School Clinics Program, Villanova University
Simultaneously interpreted Spanish-English at Berks County Family Immigrant Detention Center; translated legal and medical documentation


2020 “Uma conexão EUA – BRA: Se o Black Importa, o Preto too”, Diálogos
com o Reitor, Assessoria de Diversidade, Ações Afirmativa e Inclusão, Universidade Federal do Pampa, July 15. Online.

2020 “Ryan Morrison – Depoimento sobre a Obra de Oliveira Silveira” featured in virtual course “Oliviera Silveira: o poeta da consciência negra
brasileira”, LUMINA: educação para todos, Universidade Federal do Rio
Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil. Online.

2019 “Conjuring Blackness in the Pampas: Negotiating Racial Democracy in
Aldo Locatelli’s Negrinho do Pastoreio Paintings”, First Continental
Conference on Afro-Latin American Studies, The Afro-Latin American
Research Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts,
December 11-13.

2019 “‘E as ervas de Ossanha no chimarrão’: rumo a um negro imaginário rural
dos Pampas”, VII Colóquio Sul de Literatura Comparada, Universidade
Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil, October 23-25.

2019 “Fantasmas negros en la ‘Afro-Pampa’: las pinturas del ‘Negrito pastor’
de Aldo Locatelli”, Cuerpo y violencia en la literatura y las artes audio-visuales
contemporáneas, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 1-2.

2019 “Territorialidade negra no pampa transnacional de Zama e O Banheiro do
Papa”, XXIII Biennial Graduate Student Colloquium, Department of
Spanish and Portuguese, University of Texas at Austin, Texas, April 5-6.

2016 “Hearing Race in Southern Identity: Blacks Subjects and the Music of
Gaúcho Traditionalism”, XIII Conference of the Brazilian Studies Association, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, May 31-April 2.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT_______________________________________

2019-2021 Research Collaborator, OliveiraSilveira.com.br, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Collaborate on development of pedagogical materials and curriculum on
Oliveira Silveira, the Poet of Black Consciousness in Brazil

2020 Virtual Tour Organizer, Black Cowboy Museum, Rosenberg, Texas

2020 Interviewed for “Afro-pampas: negritudes no sul da América do Sul”,
by Mateus Mapa, Músicas do Mundo: etnomusicologia na Rádio da
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, January 21.

2019 Interviewed for “Acervo do Museu Julio de Castilhos é fonte para
pesquisa internacional”, by André Furtado, Secretaria da Cultura do Rio
Grande do Sul, July 8.

2019 “Quilombos Rurais no Rio Grande do Sul”, presentation for quilombola
elementary school students at Escola Municipal de Educação Básica João
Cadore-Polo de Angico, July 19.

2015-2016 Migrant Advocate, Friends of Farmworkers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Conducted simultaneous interpretation for Spanish-speaking and Lusophone clients; created media for “Know Your Rights” campaigns.

SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION______________________________________

Conference and Workshop Collaboration

2021 Panel Moderator for “Decolonial Film and Media in Brazil” and Abstract Reviewer, XIV Graduate Student Colloquium, UT Austin

2019 Co-organizer, IRB Procedures for Literature and Linguistics, UT Austin

2015 Panel Moderator for “Southern Cone”, Symposium on Literature and Psychology Symposium, Villanova University


2019-2021 Portuguese Flagship Program, University of Texas at Austin

2018-2019 UTeam Mentorship Program, University of Texas at Austin

2015-2016 Community Interpreter Internship, Villanova Law School Clinics

Committee Member

2018-2019 Luso-Brazilian Representative, Graduate Student Organization Board

RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE____________________________

2013-2014 Spanish Scheduling Reporter, Rovi Corporation, Radnor, Pennsylvania Edited Spanish language media content for grammatical errors and translational accuracy; communicated directly with clients in Latin America to uphold high standards and quality of content.

2011-2013 Spanish Instructor and Course Designer, Language Training Center Spanish immersion courses for United States government employees on short-term contracts, including cultural sensitivity training for students

2011-2012 English Teacher, Pensaris Corporate Training, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Business English classes with employees of multinational and Argentine companies in private and group settings

2010 Volunteer ESL Teacher, Chilean Ministry of Education, Calama, Chile
Co-taught elementary and secondary school English classes through the “English Opens Doors” government program; coached debate team

INDEPENDENT COURSEWORK_____________________________________

2019 ACTFL Oral Proficiency Exam Assessment Workshop, UT Austin
2018 Portuguese Language School, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont
2015 CELPE-BRAS Prep Course, Escola Viva Brasil, Porto Alegre, Brazil
2014 “Cien años de Octavio Paz”, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain


English Native
Spanish Near Native Proficiency
Portuguese Near Native Proficiency

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Perfect! Calm demeanor and good nature. Very open to ideas

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Ryan has a keen knowledge of Portuguese and Brazilian culture and has been a consistent taskmaster in the 20 months that I’ve been his student.  At the same time he’s patient and kind-hearted, with an accurate sense of where I am in the material.  I’ve had a number of Portuguese teachers.  Ryan is by far the best Portuguese teacher I’ve ever had.

Kim Brown

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