Eliseo Jacob has a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin with a background in Afro-Brazilian and Afro-Latin American literary and cultural productions. He currently is a lecturer of Brazilian literature and culture in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Howard University. His recent publications contextualize literary and cultural representations of São Paulo’s urban periphery as part of a larger analysis regarding the relationship of the public sphere to marginalized communities in urban spaces. His current book project, tentatively titled Literary Counterpublics in the Americas: Race, Space and Citizenship in São Paulo and New York, is a comparative study between the Literatura Periférica movement in São Paulo and the Afro-Latino literary scene in New York. He asserts that these writers’ fictional narratives reflect larger social trends in which historically disempowered populations create epistemological spaces that open up new routes not only for creative expression, but also for political mobilization.