Dr. Michele Nascimento Kettner, a native from Brazil, has dedicated herself to teaching for more than 15 years. She has received her PhD in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures from the CUNY Graduate Center. Her PhD dissertation delved into the topic of The Transnational Regionalism and Globalization in Latin America by comparing the literature of Mario Vargas Llosa and Milton Hatoum. Her research interests include the topics of regionalism, globalization, transnationalism and migration. Parallel to her research on Latin-American Literature, Nascimento Kettner has co-authored a book on Afro-Brazilian music and culture, Maracatu de Baque Virado, published in 2013.