Barros, Sandro R., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Modern Languages (Spanish and Portuguese)
I was born and grew up in Brazil during the 1970s and 80s and moved to the U.S. in the beginning of the 1990s. Coming to think of it, I have been living most of my life among languages, countries, borders and peoples. As you can imagine, it can be quite confusing at times.
I like to think of myself as an educator, researcher and advocate for linguistic minorities' rights who is invested in the exploration of themes that emerge at the intersection of the fields of Critical Applied Linguistics, Curriculum Studies, and Sociology of Second Language Education. I am particularly interested in how the disciplinary study of language and literature, both inside and outside school environments, shapes individuals' perceptions of self-identification and otherness in relationship to citizenship and the welfare of linguistic minorities.
Part of my teaching and research is also devoted to understanding how the exercise of power to influence public opinion is used in pedagogical materials, literature, texts about public policy, and academic discourse in general. In my research and teaching, I examine how power structures and their specific representatives – i.e. intellectuals, social activists, educators, etc. – frame meaning in pedagogical experiences when advocating for issues connect to diversity, minority rights and linguistic awareness within the larger project of democracy.