Rex P Nielson

Rex P Nielson

Associate Research Professor, Spanish & Portuguese

3149 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae


Office Hours:
Scheduled by appointment
Recently Taught Courses

Port 339: Introduction to Portuguese and Brazilian Literary Studies

Port 346R: Symbols of Portuguese Identity

Port 441: Survey of Portuguese Literature

Port 451: Survey of Brazilian Literature

Port 452: Machado de Assis: a Literary Laboratory

Port 453/653: Narrative Trends in Contemporary Luso-Brazilian Narrative

Port 459R/659R: Returning Home in Brazilian Culture

Port 459R/659R: Mapping the Sertão

Port 461/661: African Literature of Portuguese Expression

Port 601B/Span 601B: Literary Theory and Research Methodologies

Women’s Studies 390R: Pan-American Women Writers

Women’s Studies 390R: Feminism and Masculinity Studies





Rex P. Nielson is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Brigham Young University. He received his Ph.D. in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown University. Before joining the Spanish and Portuguese Department at BYU, he held appointments at Harvard University and Bryant University. He teaches all levels of Portuguese language as well as a variety of courses on Portuguese and Brazilian literature and culture. His research focuses primarily on gender in Brazilian culture, ecocriticism and environmental ethics in Brazil and the global south, and language and literature pedagogy. He is also an active translator and recently received a commendation from the National Library in Brazil for his translation of Sérgio Sant’Anna’s “Um discurso sobre o método” [Another Discourse on Method]. He has also translated the work of Luiz Ruffato, Bernardo Carvalho, Machado de Assis and Eça de Queirós. Rex and his wife, Natalie, an adjunct professor in the Department of Comparative Arts and Letters, live in Provo and are the proud parents of five children.


Recent articles

“Socially Rooted Authoritarianism in Lygia Fagundes Telles’ As meninas.” Accepted and forthcoming, Hispania, 2017.

“Manifesto Destiny: Literary Interventions from the Periferia of São Paulo.” Accepted and forthcoming, Romance Quarterly, 2016.

“O Pai Provisório: Fatherhood and New Masculinities in Cristovão Tezza’s O Filho Eterno.” Luso-Brazilian Review 52, n. 1 (June 2015): 110–30.

“Reorientando a identidade nacional em Native speaker, de Chang-rae Lee, e O sol se põe em São Paulo, de Bernardo Carvalho.” Estudos de Literatura Brasileira Contemporânea 44 (Jul/Dez 2014): 193–222.



Ph.D., Brown University, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, 2010
M.A., Brown University, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, 2007
M.A., Brigham Young University, Comparative Literature, 2004
B.A., Brigham Young University, Comparative Literature, 2002



Syllabus for Port 339