An early love of traveling and languages led Stephanie to study abroad in Italy during her junior year of high school, and she’s been learning around the world ever since. After completing her BA in Comparative Literature at Williams College, with semester stints in Italy and Argentina, she earned a PhD in Latin American Cultural Studies from Duke University with a focus on Brazil. Part of her research investigates access to higher education for historically marginalized youth from the urban peripheries of Rio de Janeiro.

Always striving to make her research accessible outside of the academy, Stephanie occasionally writes about Brazil for US audiences and has even co-directed a short documentary about first generation college students at the Multidisciplinary Institute of the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro. When she isn’t reading, writing, teaching, or coaching rugby, Stephanie can be found running along the beach or rolling out pizza dough in the kitchen.


Duke University, PhD in Romance Studies, Concentration in Latin American Cultural Studies

Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy, MPP with a concentration in Global Policy

Williams College, BA in Comparative Literature, Cum Laude

Favorite Book Galápagos by Kurt Vonnegut or The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Hidden Talent Frying Chicken

Pre-test Pump Up Song “Cadê Meu Carnaval” by Geraldo Azevedo


ACT Prep

ACT English
ACT Reading
ACT Writing

SAT Prep

SAT Writing & Language
SAT Reading
SAT Essay

School Support

English & Language Arts