Cris Lira holds a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Romance Languages from the University of Georgia. She specializes in Contemporary Brazilian Literature. Her current research focuses on the representation of female guerrilla warfare fighters in Brazil and Argentina during the last dictatorship in both countries (1964-1985). She is interested in memory and gender studies, contemporary Latin American literature, urban literature and representations of violence.
Professor Lira performs Oral Proficiency Interviews (OPI) for students seeking official assessments, e.g., for grant applications, and also conducts placement interviews for heritage speakers of Portuguese.