Dr. Ivette Wilson is a Byron K. Trippet Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Wabash College. Wilson began at Wabash a few years ago as a visiting professor but is now on a tenure-track position at the College. Dr. Wilson, who earned her undergraduate degree in Brazil, taught the first Portuguese course at Wabash in 2009. She has worked with Unidos Por Sangre, a student club promoting Hispanic culture on campus, and helped with the visit of law students and law professors from FAESA (University of Espírito Santo) in 2009. Her recent research focuses on Afro-Latin American Literature, and her dissertation over the symbolic representations of “Home” in Afro-Latin American Literature was nominated for the 2010 College of Liberal Arts Dissertation Award from Purdue University.
Dr. Wilson is a native of Brazil where she used to live in the Northern (Amazonian) coastal region. She has lived in the US for the past 13 years. Besides her interests in books and music, she brought with her a passion for family outdoor activities such as traveling, camping, hiking and gardening. A Hoosier habit she has learned (and enjoys) is picking your own vegetables and fruits over the summer and preserving them for a delightful feast on those cold winter days when you have the blues. She lives in the country with her husband David, two children - Felipe and Isabella - and (restless) cat, Venus. Her favorite vacation activity is taking long walks by the seashore.
Ph.D., Latin American Literatures, December 2009. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Dissertation: Symbolic Representations of “Home” in Afro-Latin American Women’s Literature. Advisor: Dr. Antonio Tillis
M.A., Latin American Literatures, December 2001.
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Advisor: Dr. Paul Dixon
B.A., Psychology, February 1992
Universidade Federal do Pará, Brazil
SPA 101/102 - Elementary Spanish
SPA 201/202 - Spanish Language and Hispanic Cultures
MLL 101/102 - Elementary Modern Languages: Elementary Portuguese
SPA 312 - Studies in Hispanic Culture: Cultural Journeys: Latin American Film and Short Stories
MLL 277 - Independent studies: Brazilian Literature
MLL 387 - Portuguese Language and Lusophone Cultures
SPA 388 - Topics in Spanish-American Literature
2015 “Afro-Brazilian Literatures and Cultures.” May 21st. Purdue University, West Lafayette-IN.
2014 “Poesia Marginal: Geração Mimeógrafo.” Mach 10th. Purdue University, West Lafayette-IN.
2013 “Afro-Brazilian Literature: Poemas e histórias de Conceição Evaristo.” February 1st. Purdue University, West Lafayette-IN.
2008 “Camus’ Orphée Noir: Popular Culture and Identity (Re-)Creation.” October 2nd. Wabash College, Crawfordsville-IN.
2015 “Macanese Literature: Post-Colonial Encounters in Cheong-Sam (A cabaia) by Deolinda da Conceição.” 68th KFLC: The Languages, Literatures and Cultures Conference. April 23rd-25th. University of Kentucky, Lexington-KY.
2014 “Challenges and Successes of Introducing the Multicolored Identities of the Caribes.” African Network Conference. October 17th-19th. Trinity University, San Antonio-TX.
2013 “Addressing the ‘Afro’ Component in Afro-Latin American Literatures.” African Network Conference. October 25th-27th. Denison University, Granville-OH.
2013 “The Ecuador Study Abroad Program at Wabash College: Successes and Challenges of a Cross-Cultural Experience.” LASA Congress. May 29th-June 1st. Washington D.C. Collaboration with Dr. J. Hardy, Wabash College.
2013 “Celebrando a “Missa do Galo” na “Igreja do diabo” com a multiplicação dos planos: dois textos, um autor e um crítico.” 66th KFLC: The Languages, Literatures and Cultures Conference. April 18th-20th. University of Kentucky, Lexington-KY. Collaboration with Dr. C. Castano, Marian University.
2012 “Representações do desejo homoerótico nos contos de Zula Gibi e Luz Argentina Chiriboga.” 65th Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. April 19th-21st. University of Kentucky, Lexington-KY.
2012 “Geographies of ‘Home’: Representations of Nation and Nationalism in Afro-Latin American Women’s Poetry – Georgina Herrera and Alzira Rufino.” Negritud: International Conference of Afro-Latin American Studies. March 23rd-25th. San Juan-PR.
2011 “Race and Gender Issues and the Nationalist Discourse in the Poetry of Alzira Rufino.” 64th Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. April 14th-16th. University of Kentucky, Lexington-KY.
2009 “Symbolic Representations of ‘Home’ in Afro-Latin American Women's Literature.” LASA Congress. June 11th-14th. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
2008 “Los espacios femeninos en la literatura del medievo: Un análisis de la traducción portuguesa del Livre des trois vertus de Christine de Pisan.” 61st Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. April 17th-19th. University of Kentucky, Lexington-KY.
2006 “A ‘ausência’ masculina e a construção do espaço feminino em alguns contos de Maria Judite de Carvalho, Carmen Laforet, e Carmen Martín Gaite." 59th Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. April 20th-22nd. University of Kentucky, Lexington-KY.
2006 “Carolina Maria de Jesus y Reyita: el testimonio como espacio femenino en la construcción de una identidad.” Kaleidoscope Conference. March 24th-25th. University of Wisconsin, Madison-WI.
2002 “Indeterminacy: Text-Reader Relations in Jorge Luis Borges’ ‘The South’.” 4th Annual Graduate Student Conference. March 1st-2nd. Purdue University, West Lafayette-IN.
2015 “‘−He gave me alms in return for the life I gave him!' Post-colonial Encounters in Cheong-Sam (A cabaia) by Deolinda da Conceição.” Humanities Colloquium. Wabash College, Crawfordsville-IN.
2014 “The Question of ‘Chineseness’ in Macau.” Ides of August. Wabash College, Crawfordsville-IN.
2011 “Food for the Gods: Reflections on my Cultural Discoveries During a Summer International Faculty Development Seminar in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.” Ides of August. Wabash College, Crawfordsville-IN.
REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES
2016 “Asserting and Empowering Black Womanhood: Reaching Back to Africa
in the Poetry of Alzira Rufino and Georgina Herrera”. Submitted. Chasqui.
2010 “Resisting Silence / Silence as Resistance: (Re-)Affirming Brazil’s African Heritage in Conceição Evaristo’s Ponciá Vicêncio”. PALARA: Publication of the Afro- Latin/American Research Association. Dartmouth College, Fall 2010. Vol.14. 54-71.
2008 “Camus’ Orphée Noir: Popular Culture and Identity (Re-)Creation” Comparative Cinema: How American University Students View Foreign Films. Ed. Beate Allert. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press, 2008. 167-182.
2005 “Se autor, por que defunto? Se defunto, por que autor?” By Michael
Braden. Espelho: Revista Machadiana. Número 10/11, 2004-05. 5-20. BOOK REVIEWS
de Assis-Wilson 2 2014 Literary and Cultural Relations Between Brazil and Mexico – Deep
Undercurrents. By Paulo Moreira, Palgrave McMillan 2013. Choice Reviews. Oct. 2014. 2013 Haiti and the Americas. By Carla Calargé et al., eds. University Press of
Mississippi 2013. Choice Reviews. September.
2013 Remaking Brazil: Contested National Identities in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema. By Tatiana Signorelli Heise, University of Wales Press 2012. Choice Reviews. June.
2012 Consuming Visions: Cinema, Writing and Modernity in Rio de Janeiro. By Maite Conde, Virginia 2012. Choice Reviews. Sept. 2012.
2012 Disaster Writing: The Cultural Politics of Catastrophe in Latin America. By Mark D. Anderson, Virginia 2011. Choice Reviews. April.
2012 CIEE Alumni Scholarship. International Faculty Development Seminar. 2012 Malcolm X Institute of Black Studies Honorary Member.
2010 Certificate of Appreciation for Service to the Latino Students Organization “Unidos por Sangre”. Wabash College, Crawfordsville-IN
2010 College of Liberal Arts Dissertation Award, Departmental Nomination. Foreign Languages and Literatures. Purdue University, West Lafayette-IN.
2007-2008 Graduate School Representative, Spanish Language and Literatures Section. Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Purdue University, West Lafayette-IN.
2007 Purdue University Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Teaching. Purdue University, West Lafayette-IN.
2007 Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award. CETA – Celebration of Graduate Student Teaching. Purdue University, West Lafayette-IN.
2007 Excellence in Teaching Award. College of Liberal Arts. Purdue University, West Lafayette-IN.
2007 Excellence in Teaching Award. 2006-2007 Academic Year. Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Purdue University, West Lafayette-IN.
MAJORS & MINORS
- ASIAN STUDIES (MINOR)
- BLACK STUDIES (MINOR)
- BUSINESS (MINOR)
- COMPUTER SCIENCE (MINOR)
- EDUCATION STUDIES (MINOR)
- ELECTRONIC MUSIC (MINOR)
- ENGINEERING (DUAL-DEGREE)
- FINANCIAL ECONOMICS
- FILM AND DIGITAL MEDIA (MINOR)
- GENDER STUDIES (MINOR)
- Global Health (MINOR)
- HISPANIC STUDIES
- MODERN LANGUAGES
- MULTICULTURAL AMER. STUDIES (MINOR)
- Neuroscience (MINOR)
- PRE-MEDICINE (PRE-PROFESSIONAL)
- POLITICAL SCIENCE