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Steven Byrd


Ph.D. Iberian and Latin American Linguistics

University of Texas at Austin



Spanish and Portuguese language teaching and linguistics

Afro-Brazilian speech

Brazilian food history

civic engagement and citizenship


Current Research

Culinary history and culture of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Portuguese words and expressions related to the food of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Research Interests

Sociolinguistics and dialectology of Latin America

Culinary history and culture of Minas Gerais, Brazil

Selected Publications

Comida Mineira: A "Cultural Patrimony" of Brazil, Global Food History, 2017: 

“Where’s John Dewey and Paulo Freire? Ideas for ‘recovering’ the ‘lost C’.” Hispania, Vol. 100.5 (2017), pp. 181-182 (co-authored with Samuel McReynolds).

Calunga and the legacy of an African language in Brazil. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2012.

Other Scholarly Activity

Outras terras: crônicas e ensaios: Natal, Brazil: Edições Sebo Vermelho, 2015

Funded Grants

2012 research grant from Fundação Luso-Americana/Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal to research the history of food in Brazil.

Research Topics

Steven Eric Byrd

Steven Byrd



Associate Professor of Spanish & Portuguese; Director of Latin American Studies Minor

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