Eli Carter

Associate Professor of Portuguese
New Cabell Hall 441
Office Hours:
Virtual Meetings by appointment.

Research Summary

Eli Carter is an Associate Professor of Brazilian Literature, Film, and Television, the Director of the Portuguese Program, and the Director of the Latin American Studies Program. He holds a BA in Communications from the University of California, Davis and a PhD in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Los Angeles. Professor Carter's research focuses broadly on Brazilian Culture(s) with an emphasis on television, new media, and popular culture. His first book, Reimagining Contemporary Brazilian Television Fiction (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018) examines Brazilian television through the singular mode of production and aesthetics in film and television director Luiz Fernando Carvalho's oeuvre. Recently, Professor Carter published his second book, The New Brazilian Mediascape: Television Production in the Digital Streaming Age (University of Florida Press, 2020). The New Brazilian Mediascape analyzes television and Internet fiction emerging out Brazil's mediascape, which has experienced significant changes since 2011. Situating a selection of representative works within the conjuncture Professor Carter refers to as the Pay-TV Law Era, the book explores a field-wide challenge to TV Globo, Brazil's preeminent broadcast network, and its long- established hegemony and the resulting shifts in the way the nation is symbolically imagined. Currently, Professor Carter is working on a third book about the televisual city and the global south.


Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, Hispanic Languages and Literatures (2013)
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, Luso-Brazilian Literature (2008)
B.A. University of California, Davis, Communications (2004)
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, University of California Education Abroad Program (2003)


Carter, Eli Lee. The New Brazilian Mediascape: Television Production in the Digital Streaming Age. University of Florida Press, 2020.
Carter, Eli Lee. Reimagining Brazilian Television: Luiz Fernando Carvalho’s Contemporary Vision. Pittsuburgh: Univ. of Pittsburgh Press2018. 

Carter, Eli Lee. "Shifting the Center: The Impact of the Pay-TV Law on the Brazilian Audiovisual Field.” Media, Culture and Society. (June 2018): 261-277. https://doi.org/10.1177/0163443718781974. 7,990 words

            *Lead Article

Carter, Eli Lee. “Representing Blackness in Brazil’s Changing Television Landscape: The Cases of Mister Brau and O Grande Gonzalez.” Latin American Research Review 53.2 (June 2018): 344-357. 10,485 words

*Recipient of the 2019 Latin American Research Review (LARR)-Pitt Best Article Award, which is offered to the best article published by the Latin American Research Review in the last year.  

Carter, Eli Lee. “Silence behind the Talk of Crime: Representations of Violence in a Sample of Contemporary Brazilian Film and Television.” A Contracorriente. 15.1 (Fall 2017): 79-102. 10,450 words

*Honorable Mention (Top 3) for 2018 Best Article, Latin American Studies (LASA) Section Awards

Carter, Eli Lee. "Entering through the Porta dos Fundos: The Changing Landscape of Brazilian Television Fiction.” Television & New Media 18.5 (2017): 410-426. 8,050 words

Carter, Eli Lee. "Rereading Dom Casmurro—Aesthetic Hybridity in Capitu.Machado de Assis em Linha (Universidade de São Paulo) 7.13 (2014): 19-43. 6,200 words

Carter, Eli Lee. "Afinal, o que Querem as Mulheres?: Luiz Fernando Carvalho's Metafictional Critique of Brazilian Television Fiction." Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 23.4 (2014): 363-379. 7,500 words

Selected Grants & Awards

All-University Teaching Award (UVa, 2018)

Latin American Studies Section Awards: Article Prize—Humanities: Honorable Mention for “Silence Behind the ‘Talk of Crime’: Representations of Violence in a Sample of Contemporary Brazilian Films and Television Series” (LASA, 2018)

Summer Stipend Award, (UVA, 2018)

AHSS Research Support (UVA, 2017-2018)

Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, Faculty Global Research with Undergraduates (UVA, 2017)

Center for the Americas Travel Grant (UVA, 2017)

AHSS Research Support (UVA, 2016-2017)

Summer Stipend Award, (UVA, 2016)

AHSS Research Support, (UVA, 2015-2016)

Summer Stipend Award, (UVA, 2015)

Page Barbour Conference (UVA, 2015) for the March 2016 conference, “From Cold Wars to Drug Wars.”

Excellence in Diversity Fellowship (UVA, 2013-2014)

Distinguished Teaching Assistant Fellowship (UCLA, Academic Senate, 2010-2011)

UCLA Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award, 2010

Graduate Research Mentorship Fellowship (UCLA, Graduate Division, 2009-2010)

Tinker Field Research Grant (UCLA, Latin American Institute, 2008)

Distinguished Teaching Assistant of the Year, UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese, 2008-2009

First-Year Distinguished Teaching Assistant, UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese, 2007-2008

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Grant (UCLA, Graduate Division, 2007)

Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship  (UCLA, Graduate Division, 2006-2007)