School of Arts and Sciences Mércia Santana Flannery

Director, Portuguese Language Program

Mércia Santana Flannery, PhD, is the Director of the Portuguese Language Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She has a PhD in Linguistics, with a specialization in Sociolinguistics (Narrative Analysis, Discourse Analysis), from Georgetown University. She also has a degree in Letras (Literature, Portuguese and English), and a Master's in Linguistics, from Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil. She has conducted research on Brazilian narratives of racial discrimination, discriminatory discourse, narrative and identity, and the teaching of Portuguese as a foreign language. Her book is entitled “Uma introdução à análise da narrativa oral”, and her current research focuses on discriminatory discourse in social media, including online news forums and Facebook in Brazil, and Portuguese as a foreign language. At Penn, she has taught a variety of courses at all levels of Portuguese, and advanced level courses on Luso-Brazilian Culture and Brazilian Cinema. In addition, she has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Middlebury College Portuguese Summer School, Middlebury, Vermont. She is ACTFL OPI/IRL and OPIc certified.

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