Rosana Resende

Associate Director, Florida-Brazil Linkage Institute
Undergraduate Coordinator and Lecturer
Center for Latin American Studies


Research Interests

Gender and Labor; Globalization and Neoliberalism; Poverty and Inequality; Race and Ethnicity; Tourism; Latino mobilization and Identity; Migration; Urbanization; Urban Anthropology

Geographic Expertise

Brazil, Latino communities in the U.S.

Curriculum Vitae
  • LAS4935/LAS6938 - Peoples of Brazil
  • LAS2001 - Introduction to Latin America
  • LAS3930/ANT3930 - Gender and Sexuality in Latin America
  • LAS4935/LAS6938 - Race and Nation in Latin America

Rosana Resende is a cultural anthropologist and Latinamericanist. She is a lecturer at the University of Florida Center for Latin American Studies and an affiliate of the Department of Anthropology and the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Research. Dr. Resende teaches Introduction to Latin America and more advanced courses focusing on race, class, and gender as sites of inequality in contemporary urban Latin America. She is the Program Director for UF in Bahia: Race, Inequality, and Power, a summer study abroad program in Bahia, Brazil, examining the commodification of Afro-Bahian culture and bodies and the “performance of blackness.” Other teachings and research interests center on immigration, Latin@s in the U.S., and Brazil. In research, she is interested in how globalization and neoliberalism create differentiated impacts on the lived experiences of Latin Americans. Specifically, her work addresses how race, gender, and social class intersect with rising urbanization, shifting labor dynamics, and increased tourism to engender continuously renegotiated social relations in Latin America. Thanks to a Fulbright Postdoctoral fellowship, in 2014 Dr. Resende was able to spend six months in her childhood home of Brazil conducting field research on the shifting relations between domestic workers and their employers.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Resende also serves as the coordinator for the Brazilian Studies Specialization for the Master of Arts in Latin America, the undergraduate coordinator for Latin American Studies and as the Associate Director for the Florida-Brazil Linkage Institute. She is passionate about working closely with students, particularly first-generation college students and from other underrepresented groups and is an active supporter of many student organizations and a proud member of the UF Latinx Staff and Faculty Association. She shares a home with her Mexican husband, their Gainesville-native son, and their three-legged Dominican dog.