I am a linguist and a practicing professional translator and interpreter. My main academic interest lies in languages in contact, with special focus on Portuguese, and on the language situation of Sub-Saharan Africa. My master's thesis, "Leite Quente Dá Dor de Dente: Dialect Acquisition and Prestige in Brazilian Portuguese", focused on teenage girls acquiring the Curitiba dialect under a Labovian Sociolinguistics framework.
Subsequently I spent several years researching the pidgin Fanakalo in and around Durban, South Africa, where I taught at the (then) University of Natal. Most recently I taught Linguistics at the University of Washington and led study abroad programs to South Africa. My current research interest lies on Verbal Autopsy and how to improve this method under a qualitative point of view. My native language is Brazilian Portuguese, and I am proficient in English, Spanish and Zulu.