Eli Carter

Assistant Professor of Portuguese
New Cabell Hall 441
Office Hours:
Monday & Wednesday 1:00pm-2:30pm and by appt

Research Summary

Eli Carter is an Assistant Professor of Luso-Brazilian Literature, Film, and Television. He holds a BA in Communications from the University of California, Davis and a PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Professor Carter's research focuses broadly on Brazilian Culture(s) with an emphasis on television and popular culture.  His current work, “Reimagining Contemporary Brazilian Television Fiction,” is forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press. This book-length project that examines Brazilian television through the singular mode of production and aesthetics in film and television director Luiz Fernando Carvalho's oeuvre.


Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, Hispanic Languages and Literatures (2013)
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, Luso-Brazilian Literature (2008)
B.A. University of California, Davis, Communications (2004)
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, University of California Education Abroad Program (2003)


Carter, Eli Lee. Reimagining Brazilian Television: Luiz Fernando Carvalho’s Contemporary Vision. Forthcoming with The University of Pittsburgh Press. 92,000 words.
Carter, Eli Lee. Reimagining Contemporary Brazilian Television Fiction. Forthcoming with The University of Pittsburgh Press. 

Carter, Eli Lee. “Silence behind the Talk of Crime: Representations of Violence in a Sample of Contemporary Brazilian Film and Television.” Accepted for publication by A Contracorriente. 10,450 words.

Carter, Eli Lee. “Representing Blackness in Brazil’s Changing Television Landscape: The Cases of Mister Brau and O Grande Gonzalez.”  Accepted for publication by the Latin American Research Review.10,700 words.

Carter, Eli Lee. "Entering through the Porta dos Fundos: The Changing Landscape of Brazilian Television Fiction.” Television & New Media 18.5 (2017): 410-426. 8,050 words.

Carter, Eli Lee. "Rereading Dom Casmurro—Aesthetic Hybridity in Capitu.” Machado de Assis em Linha (Universidade de São Paulo) 7.13 (2014): 19-43. Web. 6,200 words.

Carter, Eli Lee. "Afinal, o que Querem as Mulheres?: Luiz Fernando Carvalho's Metafictional Critique of Brazilian Television Fiction." Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 23.4 (2014): 363-379. 7,500 words.

Selected Grants & Awards

Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, Faculty Global Research with Undergraduates (UVA, 2017)
Center for the Americas Travel Grant (UVA, 2017)
AHSS Research Support (UVA, 2016-2017)
Summer Stipend Award, (UVA, 2016)
AHSS Research Support, (UVA, 2015-2016)
Summer Stipend Award, (UVA, 2015)
Page Barbour Conference (UVA, 2015) for the March 2016 conference, “From Cold Wars to Drug Wars.”
Excellence in Diversity Fellowship (UVA, 2013-2014)
Distinguished Teaching Assistant Fellowship (UCLA, Academic Senate, 2010-2011)
UCLA Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award, 2010
Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship (UCLA, Graduate Division, 2009-2010)
Tinker Field Research Grant (UCLA, Latin American Institute, 2008)
Distinguished Teaching Assistant of the Year, UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese, 2008-2009
First-Year Distinguished Teaching Assistant, UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese, 2007-2008
Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Grant (UCLA, Graduate Division, 2007)
Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship  (UCLA, Graduate Division, 2006-2007)