Malcolm McNee

Associate Professor of Spanish & Portuguese

Malcolm McNee

Contact & Office Hours

Spring 2020
Thursday, 3-4 p.m.
Friday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Hatfield Hall 308



Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

M.A., Tulane University

B.A., University of Idaho


Malcolm McNee teaches interactive Portuguese language courses, including an accelerated introduction designed for Spanish speakers. He also teaches a variety of interdisciplinary humanities topics in Brazilian and Comparative Lusophone Studies, including Brasil Profundo: Landscape and the Environmental Imaginary in Brazilian Culture; Popular Music, Nationhood and Globalization in the Portuguese-Speaking World; Angola, Brazil, Cuba: Race, Nation, and Narrative; and Envisioning Lusofonia: Transnational Encounters and Imaginaries in Portuguese-Language Film.

His research interests bridge environmental humanities and contemporary Brazilian cultural studies, examining expressions of environmental conservation and justice issues in literature, film and visual arts. His most recent book, The Environmental Imaginary in Brazilian Poetry and Art, examines a range of artistic responses to environmental change and vulnerability in contemporary Brazil, from efforts to connect art with activism to conceptually oriented interrogations of our ideas of nature and ecology. 

McNee has published essays in numerous journals (see below) on a variety of topics ranging from rural place and identity in Brazilian literature and popular music to race and transnational identity in the Portuguese-speaking world. 

He is currently researching engagements with indigeneity in contemporary Brazilian literature and visual culture and working on an anthology of Brazilian environmental writing in translation.

Selected Publications

The Environmental Imaginary in Brazilian Poetry and Art. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Co-editor, Gilberto Freyre e Os Estudos Latino-Americanos, with Joshua Lund. Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, 2006. 

Essays in Luso-Brazilian Review, Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Brasil/Brazil, Ellipsis: Journal of the American Portuguese Studies Association, A Contracorriente, and Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, among others.