Dr. Paulo Da Silva

Dr. Paulo Da Silva was born in Brazil (São Paulo State) and came to the US in 2002 as a Fulbright Fellow to pursue his Master’s and Doctorate degrees at Teachers College, Columbia University.

His academic interests revolve around ways to decrease attrition and increase retention and academic success, as well as the impact of race and class in the academic trajectory of low income and Afro-Brazilian students in the elite state and federal universities in his country.

In Brazil, Dr. Da Silva has worked as an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) instructor, teacher educator, college professor, sworn translator of legal and official documents, and court interpreter. In 2012, he was a visiting professor at New York University, where he co-taught the course “Race and Higher Education in Brazil.”

He now serves as Portuguese Editor for the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.


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