Alexandra Lemos Zagonel

Xanda Lemos


BA in Portuguese and English, Federal University of Parana (UFPR), Brazil, 2008
MA in Latin American Studies, UNC-Charlotte, 2012

Research Interests

Modern Brazil
Popular Culture
Brazilian Rock Music
Authoritarian Modernization

Dissertation Title


Faculty Advisors

Jeffrey Lesser
Thomas D. Rogers
Yanna Yannakakis


Xanda Lemos graduated in Portuguese and English from UFPR - Universidade Federal do Parana (Federal University of Parana) in 2008. After moving to the United States, she completed her M.A. degree in Latin American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2012. While pursuing her M.A., Lemos Zagonel developed the Portuguese Program at UNCC, first as a teacher assistant. As an adjunct faculty Lemos Zagonel has taught Portuguese, Brazilian Culture and Civilization, and classes of Portuguese for Spanish Speakers until the Spring of 2015. She then left UNCC and entered the PhD program of Latin American History at Emory. Her research interest is in Brazilian rock music and youth culture under the military dictatorship. Lemos Zagonel is also a composer and musician, and worked as a producer in Brazil for 12 years. She is fluent in Portuguese, English, and Spanish.