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 355: Brazilian Civilization

Port 356: The Amazon

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: Gender and the Family in Brazilian Culture

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 and currently serves as the President of the American Portuguese Studies Association (APSA). 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 Luso-Afro-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 has recently published translations of works by Sérgio Sant’Anna, 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

Forthcoming           “Nefarious Agents of Ecological Collapse: ‘Os fazedores de desertos’ by Euclides da Cunha.” Forthcoming at ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment.

Forthcoming           “A resistência ao autoritarismo patriarcal e político em Armadilha para Lamartine de Carlos & Carlos Sussekind.” Forthcoming at Revista Iberoamericana, vol. 86, no. 271, April–June, 2020.

2019           “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.

2019           “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.

2018           “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.

2018           “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.

2017           “Navigating the Margins of Afro-Brazilian Masculinity in Francisco Maciel’s “Entre dois mundos.” Romance Notes, vol. 57, no. 3, 2017, pp. 387–94.

2017           “Wandering and Ecological Ethos in ‘A hora e vez de Augusto Matraga’.” Journal of Lusophone Studies, vol. 2, no. 2, 2017, pp. 139–57.

2017           “Socially Rooted Authoritarianism in Lygia Fagundes Telles’ As meninas.Hispania, vol. 100, no. 1, 2017, pp. 125–36.



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