I am an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Montclair State University. I held a previous position as a Lecturer of TESOL at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. In 2022, I completed my PhD in Applied Linguistics at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. My MA in ELT was completed at Warwick University in Coventry, UK and my BA in English and Portuguese Teaching was obtained from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul.

My research interest lies in corpus-based approaches to register variation, academic discourse, and second language writing. I have published my work in the Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Register Studies, Journal of Reading as a Foreign Language, among others.

Most of my research is informed by my experience as a Portuguese and English language teacher. I taught EFL/ESL classes in Brazil and in the US and Portuguese as a Foreign/Second Language in Brazil, the US and the UK.


Northern Arizona University, 2018 – 2022
PhD in Applied Linguistics
Dissertation title: Communicative text types in university writing
Committee: Randi Reppen (co-chair), Douglas Biber (co-chair), Jesse Egbert and Bethany Gray

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2017 – 2018
Visiting Scholar, FLTA

University of Warwick, 2015 – 2016
MA in English Language Teaching – ESP (distinction)
Dissertation title: Academic vocabulary: a corpus linguistic study on how Brazilian students write academic English, Supervisor: Sue Wharton, PhD

Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, 2010 – 2014
BA in English and Portuguese Language and Literature Teaching (summa cum laude)
Final Paper Title: The selection of foreign language textbook collections from the National Program of Textbooks, Supervisor: Simone Sarmento, PhD

NOVA University of Lisbon, 2013
Visiting Scholar, Santander Universities