Brooke Barrera Sheldon graduated in 2018 from the University of New Mexico with a BA in International Studies and Foreign Languages. Prior to beginning at UNM, she spent her senior year of high school in Brazil as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student, which fostered an interest in Portuguese and other romance languages. Along the way, she took advantage of various long-term exchange programs in Quebec, Morocco, and Senegal. Shortly after graduating from UNM, she obtained her Master’s degree in Global Studies from Columbia University in 2020, where she researched the social phenomenon of Brazilians converting to Islam. By participating in this Fulbright program, Brooke hopes to strengthen her understanding of Portuguese dialects and learn about the histories that influence and affect the rest of the Lusophone world.


US Student Program – Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award

Education: MA in Global Thought, Columbia University in the City of New York (2020)

Field of Study: Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Project Title: “English Teaching Assistantship”

Host Institution, Location: ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), Lisbon

Grant Duration, Starting Date (month): 9 months, starting in October 2021