Rex P Nielson

Associate Research Professor, Spanish & Portuguese

3149 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

Recent courses:

  • Port 330: Introduction to Portuguese and Brazilian Literary Studies
  • Port 355: Cultures of Brazil
  • Port 351: Survey of Brazilian Literature
  • Port 459R: Contemporary Brazilian Literature  
  • Port 452: Machado de Assis
  • Port 461: African Literature of Portuguese Expression
  • HonP 226: What Is Normal?


Rex P. Nielson is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Brigham Young University. His research focuses on four principal areas: 1) ecocriticism and environmental ethics in Brazil and the global south, 2) gender in Brazilian literature and culture, 3) language and literature pedagogy in higher education, and 4) translation studies.

Selected Publications

Recent publications:

  • Translation essay: Lília Moritz Schwarcz, “Racism in Brazil. When Inclusion Combines with Exclusion.” Forthcoming, PMLA.
  •  Nefarious Agents of Ecological Collapse: ‘Os fazedores de desertos’ by Euclides da Cunha.” Forthcoming at ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment.
  • “Vulnerability, Resistance, and the Street in the Work of Machado de Assis.” Forthcoming at Luso-Brazilian Review.
  • “A resistência ao autoritarismo patriarcal e político em Armadilha para Lamartine de Carlos & Carlos Sussekind.” Revista Iberoamericana, vol. 86, no. 271, April–June, 2020, 597–614.
  • “Utopic Masculinity: Humor, Xenophobia, and Homophobia in José Paulo de Araújo’s ‘XRM-2600.’” Brasil/Brazil: a Journal of Brazilian Literature, vol. 32, no. 60, 2019, pp. 61-74.
  • “Fostering Cultural Competency through Technology-Infused Pedagogical Approaches to Literature,” co-authored with Cherice Montgomery (BYU), ADFL Bulletin, vol. 45, no. 2, 2019, pp. 97–114.
  • “Anti-Nostalgia e a Masculinidade Tóxica na Obra de Michel Laub e Luiz Ruffato.” Revell: Revista de Estudos Literários da UEMS, vol. 2, no. 19, 2018, pp. 255–66.
  • “Theorizing Masculinity in the Context of Luso-Afro-Brazilian Culture,” co-authored with Jeremy Lehnen. Special issue on Luso-Masculinities, Journal of Lusophone Studies, vol. 3, no. 1, 2018, pp. 1–10.
  • “Navigating the Margins of Afro-Brazilian Masculinity in Francisco Maciel’s “Entre dois mundos.” Romance Notes, vol. 57, no. 3, 2017, pp. 387–94.
  • “Wandering and Ecological Ethos in ‘A hora e vez de Augusto Matraga’.” Journal of Lusophone Studies, vol. 2, no. 2, 2017, pp. 139–57
  • “Socially Rooted Authoritarianism in Lygia Fagundes Telles’ As meninas.” Hispania, vol. 100, no. 1, 2017, pp. 125–36.
  • “Foreign Language Writing Fellows Programs: A Model for Improving Advanced Writing Skills.” Co-authored with Delys Snyder (BYU) and Kendon Kurzer (UC-Davis). Foreign Language Annals, vol. 49, no. 4, 2016, pp. 750–71.
  • “Manifesto Destiny: Literary Interventions from the Periferia of São Paulo.” Romance Quarterly vol. 63, no. 4, 2016, pp. 174–82. 


I am committed to the principle of service in the community, and I seek to contribute to the community of scholars and students in my department and college by accepting committee assignments, teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and participating in various forms of outreach activities. I feel privileged to work with so many other serious and selfless individuals, and I likewise hope to find ways to contribute to the academic/social/spiritual lives of those around me.

Citizenship assignments

  •  Literature Section Head, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
  •  Executive Committee, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
  •  General Education Redesign Committee
  •  President of the American Portuguese Studies Association (term 2019-2020)

Office Hours:
Scheduled by appointment