José Luiz Passos
José Luiz Passos is an Associate Professor of Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Cultures in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He grew up in Recife, Brazil where he earned his BA in Sociology before moving to California in 1995. Prior to joining UCLA he held a tenured appointment at UC Berkeley. He was more recently the inaugural director of the UCLA Center for Brazilian Studies (2008-2011). His research and teaching focus on narratives created by fictional characters and actual travelers about their inner lives, and how their stories become tokens of hospitality or bad faith when they meet strangers and decide to write about them.
He is the author of Machado de Assis, o romance com pessoas (University of São Paulo Press, 2007), on Shakespeare and moral imagination in the Brazilian realist novel, and Ruínas de linhas puras (Annablume, 1998), on displacement and identity in Mário de Andrade's Macunaíma (1928). José Luiz Passos is also the author of Nosso grão mais fino, a novel published by Alfaguara (2009).