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Vera Bulla

Vera Bulla
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PhD Candidate, Brazilian & Lusophone Studies
Teaching Assistant of Portuguese


I'm Vera Bulla and I was born in Piauí, Brazil, and I am a PhD candidate in the Portuguese Program. I am in my fifth year at UGA with two completed graduate certifications: Latin American and Caribbean Studies Graduate Certificate and Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies.  My undergraduate degree is in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and my Masters degree is in Portuguese and Spanish Literature. For my Masters thesis I researched comic strips by the Brazilian cartoonist, Laerte.  I was treasurer and president of the Brazilian Student Association from 2014 to 2019 and we won the award for Best Symposium in 2018. My current research explores female characters in literature who are confronted with environmental disasters such as drought and floods. 

Other interests include Brazilian comic strips, Bildungsroman, Fantastic literature, Ecocriticism, Ecofeminism, Women's Studies and Indigenous Studies.  I also have a Youtube channel called Fantástico Feminino where I created a project called "Ouça Mulheres" ("Hear the Women"), where I upload audios and videos of volunteers who read fantastic short stories written by women writers.

I am a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Institute for Women's Studies and I teach WMST 2010: Introduction to Women's Studies.

Courses taught: PORT 1001, PORT 1002, PORT 1110, PORT 3010, WMST 2010.

I am also a Portuguese tutor for the federally-funded Portuguese Flagship Program at UGA.


Research Interests:

Cli-Fi Bildungsroman, Contemporary Brazilian and Latin American Literature, Brazilian comic strips, Fantastic Literature, Ecocriticism, Ecofeminism, Women's Studies and Indigenous Studies.

Selected Publications:

Bulla, Vera Maria. “Tirinhas, Alívio Cômico e a Identidade de Gênero em Transição: Hugo e Muriel no Mundo Imaginário de Laerte” (Comic Strips, Comic Relief and the Identity of Gender In Transition: Hugo and Muriel in Laerte’s Imaginary World). Revista Transverso. Year 6, 2018.


Spring 2023 expected completion of PhD in Brazilian Literature.

May 2020 Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies - UGA

May 2018 MA in Portuguese and Spanish Literature - UGA

May 2016 Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Portuguese - UGA

May 2016 Bachelor of Arts in Latin American and Caribbean Studies - UGA


Events featuring Vera Bulla
Gilbert Hall 113

Create your own painting inspired by Brazilian writer Lygia Fagundes Telles. 

Miller Learning Center 148

Presented by Vera Bulla, Portuguese & Women's Studies

This talk is part of the Institute for Women's Studies Fall 2022 Friday Speaker Series

Gilbert Hall 113

Join us for an Afternoon of Art in Portuguese and in English from 3:30 to 5:00. Come make your own painting inspired by Jarid Arraes's cordel "Corpo escuro". This workshop is led by our very own Romance Languages students Elisa Braga, Vera Bulla & Victória Lane Silva.

Major Professor

Associate Professor of Portuguese

Committee Members

Supervisor, Portuguese
Associate Professor
Associate Professor of Portuguese

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