Eli Carter

Associate Professor of Portuguese
New Cabell Hall 441
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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 body of work. Professor Carter’s second book, The New Brazilian Mediascape: Television Production in the Digital Streaming Age (University of Florida Press, 2020) 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 Brazilian broadcast giant TV Globo's 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, hip-hop, 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 and Culture (2008)

B.A. University of California, Davis, Communications (2004)

Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, University of California Education Abroad Program (2003)


The New Brazilian Mediascape: Television Production in the Digital Streaming Age. University of Florida Press, 2020.

Reimagining Brazilian Television: Luiz Fernando Carvalho’s Contemporary Vision. University of Pittsburgh Press,  2018.

Selected Reviews of Reimagining Brazilian Television:

Foster, David William. “Review of Reimagining Brazilian Television: Luiz Fernando Carvalho’s Contemporary Vision by Eli Lee Carter.” The Americas 76.2 (2019): 389-390.

Meimaridis, Melina. "Eli Lee Carter, Reimagining Brazilian Television: Luiz Fernando Carvalho's Contemporary Vision." International Journal of Communication 13 (2019): 5246-5249.

Mendéz, Mariela. “Review Essay: “Uma entrada do afeto pelas impressões e sensações.” Contemporary Brazilian Film and Television as an Encounter with Sensations and Affect.” Chasqui: Revista da literatura latinoamericano 49.1 (2020): 11-15.

Silva, Anderson Lopes de. “A experimentação como resistência estética no contexto ficção televisiva.” Revista Latinoamericana de Ciencias de la Comunicación 18.32 (2019): 450-457.

Stavans, Ilan. “The Melodrama Machine.” Latin American Research Review, 56.1 (2021): 269–277


"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

            *Lead Article

“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. 

              *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 calendar year. 

“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. 

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

"Entering through the Porta dos Fundos: The Changing Landscape of Brazilian Television Fiction.” Television & New Media 18.5 (2017): 410-426. 

"Rereading Dom Casmurro—Aesthetic Hybridity in Capitu.” Machado de Assis em Linha (Universidade de São Paulo) 7.13 (2014): 19-43. 

"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. 


Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, Global Media Collaboratory, with Aswin Punathambekar (UVA, 2020)

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, 2015, 2016 and 2018)

AHSS Research Support (UVA, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018)

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

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, (UCLA, 2010)

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