Bruno Carvalho

Principal Investigator, 2015-2017
Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures

Ph.D., Harvard University


Bruno Carvalho's research and teaching interests range from the early modern period to the present, and include literature, culture, and the built environment in Latin American and Iberian contexts, with focus on Brazil. He has published widely on topics related to poetry, film, architecture, cartography, city planning, environmental justice, race and racism in publications like Spaces and Flows, Luso-Brazilian Review, Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Remate de Males, revista piauí, piseagrama, Fluvial Metropolis, Daylight & Architecture, The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, and others.  

Carvalho’s Porous City: A Cultural History of Rio de Janeiro (2013) won the Brazilian Studies Association Roberto Reis Book Award in 2014. An expanded edition in Portuguese is forthcoming. Carvalho collaborated on a new museum of the city of Rio de Janeiro. He co-organized a critical edition in Portuguese of United States constitutional documents, which circulated in Brazil and played a role in independence movements (O Livro de Tiradentes: Transmissão atlântica de ideias políticas no século XVIII, 2013). He is co-editor of publications like Occupy All Streets: Olympic Urbanism and Contested Futures in Rio de Janeiro (2016) and Essays on Hilda Hilst: Between Brazil and World Literature (forthcoming). Currently, he is completing Partial Enlightenments: Race, Cities, and Nature in the Luso-Brazilian Eighteenth Century, and working on Brazil’s Imagined Futures: Urban Visions Revisited, on how different designers, writers and artists have imagined urban futures. He is co-editor (with Felipe Correa) of the book series Lateral Exchanges. 

At Princeton, Bruno Carvalho co-directed the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities, and was associated faculty in the Center for Architecture, Urbanism, and Infrastructure, the Department of African American Studies, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Princeton Environmental Institute, the Program in Latin American Studies, the Program in Urban Studies, and the School of Architecture. He was also a member of various research networks, as well as the Committee for Film Studies, and the Climate Futures Initiative.