Nome/ Name
Kimberly DaCosta Holton

Contacto profissional/ Professional Contact
Endereço/ Adress
Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies
Dept Classical and Modern Lit. and Lang.
Rutgers University-Newark
175 University Ave. Newark, NJ 07102

Telefone/ Phone
(973) 353-5494
973 353 5379

Filiação institucional/Institutional Affiliation
Rutgers University-Newark

Categoria ou actividade/ Activity
Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator

Formação Académica/ Education

1999 Ph.D., Department of Performance Studies, Northwestern University. Cognate Areas: Cultural Studies, Ethnomusicology, Women’s Studies. Latin American History

1992 M.A., Department of Performance Studies, Northwestern University

1989 Certificate, English as a Foreign Language, American Language Institute

1988 B.A., Performance Studies, Northwestern University, Dean List 1986-88

1983 Certificate, Painting, Parsons School of Design

Actividade académica e profissional anterior à situação actual

2004- presente. Rutgers University-New Brunswick Graduate Faculty member, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
desde 2000, Rutgers University-Newark, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies, Courses Taught: Elementary Portuguese, Oral History of the Ironbound, Performing the Nation in Portugal and Brazil, Brazilian Film, Portuguese Literature in Translation I and II, Portuguese Post-Revolutionary Literature and Culture, Portuguese Civilization and Culture I and II

1998-2000 Wesleyan University Visiting Assistant Professor, Theater Department and Romance Languages Department, Courses Taught: Portuguese for Spanish Speakers I & II, History of Theater and Drama I & II, Plays for Performance

1997 Northwestern University, Lecturer, Department of Anthropology and Department of Performance Studies, Courses Taught: Chicago Field Studies, Public Art and Performance

1992-94 Northwestern University, Teaching Assistant, Department of Performance Studies, Courses Taught: Towards a Theory of the Arts, Performance Seminar, Modes of Theater, Modes of Music, Modes of Art, Arts Process

1989-91 American Language Institute, Lisbon, EFL Instructor, Courses Taught: Beginning EFL, Intermediate EFL, Advanced EFL, TOEFL Preparation

Investigação/ Research

Domínio de especialização/ Research Domains
Etnomusicologia; Cultural Studies

Áreas de Interesse/ Interest Areas

1) Oral History of the Ironbound Project--Director of research project since 2000. Over 200 oral histories collected and transcribed with help of Rutgers University Newark undergraduates in Portuguese Studies. Project aim is to document the life histories of Portuguese-speaking immigrants who reside in Northern New Jersey

2) "The Politics and Poetics of Portuguese/Brazilian conflict" This ethnographic project tracks the way in which Portuguese/Brazilian conflict is expressed through public performances (Portugal Day Parade, Brazil Day Parade, religious pilgrimmages, sports spectatorship, etc) in the city of Newark, NJ. Book length study in process

3) "Paradise and Perdition: The role of Africa in the Lives of Portuguese Immigrants in NJ" This ethnographic study explores the silent exodus of "ex-retornados" (as members of this community sometimes term themselves) from Africa to Portugal to the US, examining notions of home, reasons for triangular migration, memories of Africa and consequences of 25 de Abril. several article manuscripts in process

Grupo de Investigação no INET/ INET Research Groups

Etnomusicologia, estudos em música popular e indústrias da cultura

Projectos que orientou ou em que participou no INET/ Project ....


Ethnographer, research within Portuguese “retornado” population resident in Northern New 2005

Jersey, examining serial migration from Africa, to Portugal, to US, and decisions/dynamics motivating this multi-continental trajectory, ethnographic interviews

Ethnographer, research within the lusophone community of Northern New Jersey, exploring 2003-presnt

dynamics of post-colonial conflict and collaboration among Portuguese and Brazilian

immigrant communities and ways in which street performances (ethnic parades, religious pilgrimages, civic celebrations) act as public staging ground for afirming discourses of difference, ethnographic fieldwork, oral history interviews, archival research

Ethnographer and Project Director of the “Ironbound Oral History Project” in Newark, June 2001--

New Jersey. Conducting research and directing student ethnographic research into Portuguese present

and Brazilian immigrant communities of Northern New Jersey, oral history transcripts to be housed in Dana Library as part of the NJ Digital Highway project. Present

Ethnographer in Portugal, dissertation research on the performance practices and social May 2001;

history of Portuguese folklore troupes, funded by the Social Science Research Council; Apr-Aug

affiliated with the Universidade Nova de Lisboa; research based in Lisbon and Alenquer 1996;

with frequent trips throughout the Ribatejo and Estremedura regions; conducted qualitative Sept 1994-

interviews, sociological profiles, oral histories, archival research and participant Apr 1995

observation; rehearsed with and conducted intensive case study of the Rancho Folclórico de Alenquer.

Staff ethnographer and data analyst at HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, 1995-96

in New York City for nationally funded socio-psychological study analyzing safer sex

strategies and urban sexual praxis [New York Institute for Mental Health Grant P50-

MH43520]. Conducted qualitative, ninety-minute interviews with informants for the

“Couples Study” and assisted in designing and editing pilot interview format. Analyzed

and coded interview transcripts from the “Men's Study.”

Ethnographer, pre-dissertation trip researching folklore troupes in Portugal. Sumr. 1993

Ethnographer, in Chicago, Ill, collected extensive life history of renowned flamenco musician Dec-Jun

Tomás de Utrera, conducted participant observation of flamenco performance community at 1993

concert venues and music classes, and conducted qualitative interviews with flamenco

aficionados and flamenco students.

Publicações/ Publications


2005 Performing Folklore: Ranchos Folclóricos from Lisbon to Newark. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

2006 Invisible Ethnics: Portuguese Immigrants in the Northeastern United States. Co-edited with Andrea Klimt. Portuguese in the Americas Series. Dartmouth: University of Massachusetts (forthcoming December)

Thugs and Prostitutes, Nuns and Rustics: Performance and Conflict in a US Urban Enclave. Book-length ethnographic study of Brazilian and Portuguese Communities in Newark, NJ, in process.


2005 “Fado’s Historiography: Old Myths and New Frontiers” P: The Online Journal of Portuguese Cultural Studies, inaugural issue edited by Paulo de Medeiros and Hillary Owen. (forthcoming December)

2005 “Pride, Prejudice and Politics: Portuguese Folklore Performance Amid Newark’s Urban Renaissance.” Etnográfica. IX (1): 81-101.

2004 “Dancing Along the InBetween: Transmigration and Folklore Performance in Portuguese Newark.” Portuguese Studies Review 11, 2: 153-82.

2002 “Bearing Material Witness to Musical Sound: Fado’s L94 Museum Debut.” Luso Brazilian Review 39, 2: 107-23.

1998 “Dressing for Success: Lisbon as European Cultural Capital.” Journal of American Folklore 111, 438: 174-96.

1998 “Like Blood in Your Mouth: Topographies of Flamenco Voice and Pedagogy in Diaspora.” Text and Performance Quarterly 18, 4: 300-18.


2006 “Migratory Polemics in Lídia Jorge’s Vale da Paixão.” Uma Análise da Obra de Lídia Jorge. Ed. Ana Paula Ferreira. Lisbon: Dom Quixote (forthcoming January)

2005 “L94—Lisboa, Capital Europeia da Cultura.” Enciclopédia da Música em Portugal no Século XX. Lisbon: Círculo de Leitores e Editorial Notícias. (forthcoming November)

2003 “Fazer das Tripas Coração: O Parentesco nos Ranchos Folclóricos.” Vozes do Povo: A Folclorização em Portugal. Eds. Salwa Castelo-Branco and Jorge Freitas Branco. Oeiras, Portugal: Celta Editora: 142-52.

2003 “Lisboa 94, Capital Europeia da Cultura.” Vozes do Povo: A Folclorização em Portugal. Eds. Salwa Castelo-Branco and Jorge Freitas Branco. Oeiras, Portugal: Celta Editora: 170-87.

TRANSLATIONS (Portuguese to English)

2005 “The History of Macedo Ceramics.” Portuguese Ceramics from the Art Deco Period. Ed. António Joel. Lisbon: Instituto Camões (forthcoming November)

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


2005 An Epic Production: Review of Margaret Sarkissian’s D’Albuquerque’s Children: Performing Tradition in Malaysia’s Portuguese Settlement” Ethnomusicology. (forthcoming November)

Comunicações/ Papers in Conferences

2005 “Performance and Conflict: Post-Colonial Ties among Portuguese and Brazilian Immigrants in Newark, NJ,” Rutgers University Institute for Research on Women, Faculty Fellow Seminar, New Brunswick, NJ, April

2005 “Urban Idioms: The Performance of Post-Colonial Conflict in Newark’s Portuguese-Speaking Immigrant Community” American Anthropological Assocation, November.

2005 “Paradise and Perdition: The Role of Africa in the Lives of Portuguese Immigrants in Northern New Jersey” Oral History Association, November.

2005 “Folklore’s Role in Renovating “Pariah People and Places: Ranchos Folclóricos in Newark, New Jersey” American Folklore Society Annual Meeting, October.

2004 “We Should Be Brothers: The Role of Nonprofits in Negotiating Post-Colonial Conflict in Newark New Jersey.” Annual Meeting of American Anthropological Association. San Francisco, CA, November. (panel cancelled due to strike)

2004 “Migratory Polemics in Lídia Jorge’s Vale da Paixão. Biannual Meeting of American Portuguese Studies Association. Washington DC, October.

2003 “Post-Colonial Community and Conflict: Portuguese and Brazilian Immigrants in Newark, NJ.” Annual Meeting of Oral History Association, Washington DC, October.

2002 “Shadows and Voices: Reframing Fado for Lisbon 94,” Annual Meeting of American Anthropological Association, New Orleans, November.

2002 “Portuguese Performancescapes: Immigration, Folklore and Transnational Heritage,” Biannual Meeting of American Portuguese Studies Association, Amherst, MA, November.

2002 “Diaspora Dances: Portuguese Revivalist Folklore and the Performance of Immigrant

Cohesion,” Annual Meeting of Society of Dance History Scholars, Temple University, Philadelphia, June.

2000 “Bearing Material Witness to Musical Sound: Fado, Vozes e Sombras,” Annual Meeting of American Portuguese Studies Association, Madison, WI, October

1999 “Portuguese Folklore Performance in the European Context,” Annual Meeting of American Anthropological Association, Chicago Ill, November

1999 “Spectacular Mappings: Portuguese Fascism and Cultural Cartography in the 1930s.” Annual Meeting of Performance Studies International, Wales, UK, April.

1998 “Performing Motherhood in the Field: Feminist Innovations in Ethnography Methodology.” Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association, New York, NY, November.

1998 “Performing Localism in a No-Man’s Land: Rancho Folclórico de Alenquer and its Zona de Transição,” Annual Northeastern Regional Meeting of American Association for Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, , Madison, NJ, October.

1998 “Re-(j)voicing Europeanism: Portuguese Fado in the 1990s,” Annual Meeting Association for Theater in Higher Education, San Antonio, TX, August.

1997 “Regulating Memory: The Post-Revolutionary Institutionalization of Revivalist Folklore

Performance in Portugal,” Annual Meeting of The American Folklore Society Annual, Austin, TX, October.

1997 “Euphemizing Power in Performance: The Estado Novo’s 1938 ‘Most Portuguese Village

Contest,’” Annual Meeting of Association for Theater in Higher Education, Chicago, IL, August.

1997 “Technology and Contagion: The Institutionalization of Portuguese Folklore Costume Reform,” Annual Meeting of the Performance Studies International, Atlanta, GA, April.

1996 “Like Blood in Your Mouth: An Ethnography of Flamenco Performance in Chicago”—Awarded Competitive Debut Paper, Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association, San Diego, CA, November.

1996 “Lisboa Não Para!: Reconfiguring Portuguese Identity as European Cultural Capital,”

Annual Meeting of the Performance Studies International, Evanston, IL, March.

1994 “Cante Fadista!: Amália Rodrigues and the Performance of Portuguese National Identity.” (performance and paper), Identity Formations: An Interdisciplinary

Conference, Northwestern University. Evanston, IL, April.

1994 “Fado in Portugal and Brazil: The Post Colonial In-Between,” Third Columbia University

Graduate Conference on Spanish and Portuguese Literatures. New York, NY, March.

Outros Elementos que considere importantes/ Other Activities


Fellowship Awards Committee Member, Council for European Studies 2002-prsnt

Fellowship Awards Committee Member , Social Science Research Council, screening first 1999-00

round applicants to International Dissertation Fellowship, NY, NY

Task force member, planning Executive Committee Retreat, Performance Studies International, 1997-98

Fourth Annual Conference, NY, NY

Curator and organizer, Iberian Vocal Music Workshop and Performance, “Giving Voice: 1997-98

An International Festival of the Voice,” Center for Performance Research, Wales, UK


Committee Member, Curriculum Evaluation Committee, Technology 2005

Committee Member, American Studies PhD Program, Public Scholarship 2005

Faculty Advisor, “Os Lusíadas” Rutgers-Newark Portuguese American Student Group 2002-prsnt

Event Co-organizer, Third Annual “April in Portugal Festival,” featuring guest lecture by 2004

Dr. Joao de Pina Cabral (University of Lisbon) and Film Festival

Committee Member, CMLL Language Laboratory 2002-prsnt

Event Co-organizer, Official Opening of Camões Institute Portuguese Language Center, 2003

attended by IC President Maria José Stock

Event Organizer, “Ironbound Oral History Lecture and Film Series,” lectures by Dr. Linda 2002

Rodrigues (New School University) and documentary filmmaker Christian de Rezendes,

75 attendees

Faculty Advisor for Portuguese language students participating in the PALS Intercambios 2002


Committee Member, Advancing Our Common Purposes 2002

Event Organizer, Rutgers University-Newark, “First Annual Festival of Portuguese Music,” 2002

Lecture by Dr. Salwa Castelo Branco (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), 100 attendees

Event Co-organzier, Rutgers University-Newark, “Second Annual Portuguese Film and 2002

Television Festival,” April, 200 attendees

Event Co-organizer, Rutgers University-Newark, “First Annual Portuguese Film 2001

Festival,” April, 200 attendees

Event Organizer, “Performing the Nation Lecture Series” featuring guest speakers Dr. 2001

Barbara Browning and Dr. Francisco Suzano, 35 attendees

Event Organizer, Rutgers University-Newark, “Capoeira!” Brazilian Martial Arts/Dance 2001

Concert and Workshop, 80 attendees, February, Newark, NJ

Event Organizer, Rutgers University-Newark, “Fado on the Other Side,” Portuguese 2000

Musical Concert, 60 attendees, November, Newark, NJ


Co-Organizer with Dept Chair and Consul Francisco Azevedo of Lecture Series, “Modern 2005-06 Portugal, Global Connections”

Curriculum Developer, developed seven new classes for Portuguese Studies program 2002-prsnt

Program Developer, Wrote text for Program Announcement in order to initiate undergraduate 2002-03

major in Portuguese Studies

Committee Member, Technology Task Force for the Development of a Language Lab at 2002


Co-Designer and Copywriter, for new Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies website 2002

Fundraiser, Met with Directors of Instituto Camões, and Luso-American Development 2002

Foundation in Lisbon to raise money for new Portuguese Studies Program

Summer Session Organizer, Developed curriculum for Summer Certificate Program in 2001-prsnt

Portuguese Studies, wrote copy for catalogue and hired professors to teach classes

Community Outreach, meet regularly with Ironbound business-owners to set up student 2001-prsnt

Internships and publicize program, attend events in the Ironbound at the Sports Clube

Portugues, Portuguese American Student Group Awards Banquet, Congress of Portuguese

American Educators Awards Banquet, Portugal Day Parade.


Manuscript Referee, State University of New York Press, Anthropology 2004-05

Manuscript Referee, AltaMira Press 2002-prsnt 2003

Manuscript Referee, Journal for the Society for the Anthropology of Europe 2002-prsnt


Freelance translator, academic manuscripts, 1989-prsnt

Interpreter, Giving Voice Festival, Wales, UK 1999

Staff translator, legal and real estate documents, OCTO Serviços, Lisbon, Portugal 1994-95


American Anthropological Association, American Folklore Society, Performance Studies International, Modern Language Association, American Portuguese Studies Association