Alumni Ambassadors

Steven Butterman

Steven Butterman Headshot
Job title
Professor of Languages
Academic year
Gender & Sexuality Studies
LGBT+ Brazilians Out / Inside Brazil: Cultural Representations of Human Rights Discourses, Identity Reconstruction, and Political Asylum

Dr. Steven F. Butterman is a Full Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures and director of the Portuguese Language Program at University of Miami. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Brazil, where he conducted a project on queer diasporas, working with LGBTQIA+ Brazilian citizens who have migrated to South Florida. Based on his Fulbright experience, Steven was invited to give a keynote speech on the topic of "Peace, Justice, and Institutions" at the Universidade de Taubaté, and to co-coordinate a research group titled "ComGênero": Gender & Intersectionalities with Education, Health, & Human Rights" at Unilasalle.  

A recipient of National Endowment for the Humanities awards, the Brazilian International Press Award, the University of Miami Excellence in Teaching Award, and the University of Miami Scholarly and Creative Activity Award, Steven has published books and articles on transnational LGBTQIA+ studies in Luso-Afro-Brazilian contexts. He has also delivered over 40 invited talks and keynote addresses at universities throughout the world. At the University of Miami, he serves on the Fulbright selection committee, which evaluates student applications for English Language Teaching Assistants, Foreign Language Teaching Assistants, and Fulbright research awards.  


Ask Me About:  

  • Identifying as LGBTQIA+ in Brazil 
  • Navigating a male-dominated society 
  • Navigating race relations and racial relationships in Brazil 
  • Establishing your professional identity and research profile in Brazil 
  • Comprehending Brazil’s authoritarian past: dictatorship, democracy, and diversity