Profile: Kimberly DaCosta-Holton

Associate Professor and Program Director

Faculty
Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, Graduate Program in American Studies, Program in Women's and Gender Studies

 

Kimberly DaCosta-Holton, an Associate Professor and Program Director of Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies at Rutgers Newark, is a graduate faculty member of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Rutgers New Brunswick. She is the author of Performing Folklore: Ranchos Folclóricos from Lisbon to Newark (Indiana 2005) and co-editor with Andrea Klimt of Community, Culture and the Makings of Identity: Portuguese-Americans
Along the Eastern Seaboard
(University of Massachusetts, Portuguese in the Americas Series). Her published research on urban festivity, fado vocality, folklore performance, and Portuguese emigration has appeared in scholarly journals such as the Journal of American Folklore, Text and Performance Quarterly, Luso-Brazilian Review, Portuguese Studies Review and in several edited volumes. Dr. Holton’s new research examines performative modes of conflict and collaboration within the Portuguese and Brazilian immigrant communities in Newark. She has a companion project underway which explores New Jersey’s population of Luso-Africans and the triangular migration between Lusophone Africa, Portugal and the United States set in motion after the revolution of 1974.

  • Departments

     

    Graduate Faculty
    Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Rutgers- New Brunswick 
    American Studies PhD Program, Rutgers-Newark
     
    Affiliated Faculty
    Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Rutgers-Newark
  • Courses Taught

     

    Elementary Portuguese
    Portuguese Literature in English Translation I and II
    Oral History of the Ironbound
    Post-Revolutionary Portuguese Literature and Culture
    Performing the Nation in Portugal and Brazil
  • Education

    PhD, Performance Studies, Northwestern University
    MA, Performance Studies, Northwestern University
    BA, Performance Studies, Northwestern University

  • Publications

     

     
    Books
     
    Community, Culture & The Makings of Identity: Portuguese-Americans along the Eastern Seaboard, co-edited with Andrea Klimt. University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Portuguese in the Americas Series, 2009.
     
    Performing Folklore: Ranchos Folclóricos from Lisbon to Newark . Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005
     
     
    Articles and Chapters
     
    "Angola Dreaming: Memories of Africa among Portuguese Retornados in Newark, NJ." Community, Culture, and the Makings of Identity: Portuguese Americans along the Eastern Seaboard. Eds. Kimberly DaCosta Holton and Andrea Klimt. University of Massachussetts Dartmouth, 2009: 497-524.
     
    "Lusophone Studies in the US," Co-written with Andrea Klimt. Community, Culture, and the Makings of Identity: Portuguese Americans along the Eastern Seaboard. Eds. Kimberly DaCosta Holton and Andrea Klimt. University of Massachussetts Dartmouth, 2009: 9-23.
     
    “Dinámicas Migratórias em o Vale da Paixão.” Para Um Leitor Ignorado: Ensaios Sobre a Ficção de Lídia Jorge. Ed. Ana Paula Ferreira. Lisbon: Texto Editoras, 2009: 171-193.
     
    "Fado Historiography: Old Myths and New Frontiers." P:Portuguese Cultural Studies 0, Eds. Hillary Owen and Paulo de Medeiros, (Winter 2006):1-17
     
    “Pride, Prejudice and Politics: Portuguese Folklore Performance Amid Newark’s Urban Renaissance.”Etnográfica. IX, 1(2005): 81-101.
     
    “Dancing Along the InBetween: Transmigration and Folklore Performance in Portuguese Newark.” Portuguese Studies Review. 11, 2 (2004): 153-82.
     
    "Fazer das Tripas Coração: O Parentesco Cultural nos Ranchos Folclóricos" Vozes do Povo: A Folclorização em Portugal. Eds. Salwa Castelo-Branco and Jorge Freitas Branco. Oeiras, Portugal: Celta Editora, 2003: 142-52.
     
    "Lisboa 94, Capital Europia da Cultura" Vozes do Povo: A Folclorização em Portugal. Eds. Salwa Castelo-Branco and Jorge Freitas Branco. Oeiras: Celta Editora, 2003: 17-1-90.
     
    "Bearing Material Witness to Musical Sound: Fado's L94 Museum Debut." Luso-Brazilian Review. 39, no.2 (2002): 107-123.
     
    "Dressing for Success: Lisbon as European Cultural Capital." Journal of American Folklore 111, no. 438 (1998): 174-96.
     
    "Like Blood in Your Mouth: Topographies of Flamenco Voice and Pedagogy in Diaspora." Text and Performance Quarterly 18, no.4 (1998): 300-18.
     
     
     
    Translations
     
    Holton, Kimberly DaCosta. 2001. "Saramago's Construction of Fictional Characters: From Terra do Pecado to Baltasar and Blimunda." By Horácio Costa. On Saramago: Portuguese Literary and Cultural Studies 6; 33-48
     
  • Research Initiatives

     

    Expressive Culture in Portugal, Brazil and Spain, 20th century Portuguese and Brazilian Literature and Drama, Performance Theory, Urban Ethnography and Immigration, Oral History, theories of globalism, nation, diaspora and space.
     
     
    Current Projects
     
    Ethnographer and Project Director (2001-present) of the "Ironbound Oral History Project" in Newark, New Jersey. Conducting research and directing student ethnographic research into Portuguese and Brazilian immigrant communities of Northern New Jersey.
  • Subjects Taught

    Portuguese Literature from Medieval period to the present
    20th century Brazilian Literature, Performance and Culture in Portugal and Brazil
    Anthropology of Portugal and Brazil
    Portuguese Language

  • 973-353-5494
  • kholton@andromeda.rutgers.edu
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    Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures
    405 Conklin Hall
    Rutgers University
    Newark, NJ 07102