Antonio José Bacelar da Silva earned his Ph.D. in Linguistic and Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Arizona in December 2012. He also holds an MA in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Before joining the Center for Latin America Studies at the University of Arizona, he was a CAPES (Brazil) Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellow in the Graduate Studies in Language and Culture at the Universidade Federal da Bahia (Salvador, Brazil) from 2014-2016. During that period, he conducted ethnographic research on the impact of electoral campaigning with a race appeal on Afro-Brazilian voters in Salvador. Funded by CAPES and a Post-Ph.D. Wenner-Gren grant, this study focuses on Afro-Brazilians’ struggle to reconcile Brazil’s dominant ideology of race mixing, the obligations of liberal citizenship (to treat people as equal citizens), and government policies on affirmative action. He is currently interested in the intersections of race, class, and citizenship on democratic participation in and beyond Brazil. His teaching and research interests also include social theory, qualitative research methods, language and culture, identity (race, gender, class), language ideology and inequality.
Ph.D. Linguistic and Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Arizona, 2012
M.A. Second Language Studies, University of Hawai’i, 2003
B.A. Psychology, Universidade Federal da Bahia (Brazil), 1994
Linguistic Anthropology and Sociocultural Anthropology: the intersections of race, class, and citizenship on democratic participation in and beyond Brazil; social theory; qualitative research methods; language and culture; identity (race, gender, class); language ideology and inequality; Latin America, Brazil
Silva, Antonio José Bacelar da. "Exú is not Satan – Intertextual Distance as a Site of Ideological Criticism.” Papers in Language, Culture, and History [accepted subject to revisions]
2015 Silva, Antonio José Bacelar da. “Voicing Race and Anti-Racism: Toward a Broader Understanding of Black Consciousness Among Afro-Brazilians.” Journal of Anthropological Research 71(1): 49-68.
2014 Silva, Antonio José Bacelar da. “Dialogism as Antiracist Education: Engaging with Competing Racial Ideologies in Brazil.” Anthropology and Education Quarterly 45(4): 319-336.
2013 Roth-Gordon, Jennifer and Silva, Antonio José Bacelar da. “Double-Voicing in the Everyday Language of Brazilian Black Activism,” in The Persistence of Language: Constructing and Confronting the Past and Present in the Voices of Jane H. Hill., ed. by Shannon T. Bischoff, Deborah Cole, Amy V. Fountain, and Mizuki Miyashita. Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamins. 365–388.
2010 Carvalho, Ana M., Freire, Juliana L, and Silva, Antonio José Bacelar da. “Teaching Portuguese for Spanish-Speakers: A Case for Trilingualism.” Hispania 93:70-75.
2009 Silva, Antonio José Bacelar da. “The Impeachment of the President: The Interdiscursive Construction of Social Memory.” Arizona Anthropologist 19:39-50.
2008 Silva, Antonio José Bacelar da. “Rituais Lingüísticos como Fórum para Participação e Contextos para Transferência em um Grupo de Estudantes de Português como Língua Estrangeira” (Ritualized Talk as a Forum for Participation and Context for Language Transfer: The Case of Learners of Portuguese as a Foreign Language). In Portuguese for Spanish Speakers: Teaching and Acquisition, Lyris Wiedemann and Matilde V. R. Scaramucci, ed. Pp. 119-134. São Paulo: Pontes Editores.
2008 Carvalho, Ana M. and Silva, Antonio José Bacelar da. “O Papel do Conhecimento Metalinguístico nos Padrões de Transferência no Desenvolvimento da Interlíngua e suas Implicações Pedagógicas.” Portuguese Language Journal 3 Fall. http://www.ensinoportugues.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Carvalho-da-Si...
2006 Carvalho, Ana M. and Silva, Antonio José Bacelar da. “Cross-Linguistic Influence in L3 acquisition: The Case of Spanish-English Bilinguals’ Acquisition of Portuguese.” Foreign Language Annals 39:185-202.
LAS 550 Qualitative Research Methods
LAS 150 Modern Latin America: Race, Rights, and Revolutions
LAS 280 Brazilian Identity: Race, Class, and Citizenship
LAS 363 #Black Lives Across the Americas
ANTH 150B Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Social Stratification
ANTH 150A Race, Ethnicity and the American Dreams
ANTH 276 The Nature of Language
ANTH 383 Varieties of English: Sociolinguistic Distinctiveness of Varieties of English
PORT 305 Portuguese for Spanish Speakers
PORT 325 Intermediate Grammar and Conversation
PORT 425 Advanced Grammar and Writing