Making Maps

Literature & Space

Moacir P. de Sá Pereira

Hello.

I am a scholar and collaborator of literature & space, using data to generate new research questions. I have taught in the Department of English at New York University. I am also a member of the Group for Experimental Methods in the Humanities at Columbia.

Research

My scholarly activity circles around the way literature and space are intertwined, specifically in American novels of the 20th and 21st centuries. I am particularly interested in novels that describe the experience of geographical (and, additionally, affective) change brought on by immigration or migration. I use the tool I wrote, NYWalker, to collect geographical data on the novels I investigate.

More at cv.moacir.com

Teaching & Collaboration

My academic work relies on collaboration and process, both in and outside the classroom. I work best as part of a team that sees its work as one of experimentation and workshopping towards a project. For example, recently, I coded Torn Apart / Separados, a site that reflects on the state of immigration in the US in 2018 and was covered by WIRED. This focus on teamwork and process is one I aim to teach to my students, as well.

More at cv.moacir.com

About

I grew up in New Bedford, Massachusetts. I defended my dissertation “The Site of the Novel” in January 2014, and I received my PhD from the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago in June 2014.

After living (and teaching) in Europe for six years, I have been Assistant Professor / Faculty Fellow in the Department of English at New York University since 2015.

Contact

+1 312 792 8828