Maria Clara Paulino is the director of the
B.A. in Individualized Studies in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies.
Her academic background includes Portugal (Universities of Coimbra and Porto)
and England (University of Cambridge), and she holds graduate degrees in
English Literature and Art History.
Her Ph.D. in Art History focuses on the art and architecture of Portugal seen
through the eyes of foreigners, both European and North American, between the
mid-eighteenth and the mid-nineteenth centuries.
Dr. Paulino’s research interests lie in the
intersection between literary and visual forms of expression and the spaces of
encounter between cultures. She publishes her research regularly in
international journals and books, and is the author of Uma Torre Delicada: Lisboa e Arredores
em Notas de Viajantes (A Delicate Tower: Lisbon and Surrounding
Areas in Travelers’ Notes), a book published in 2013.
Dr. Paulino maintains a strong connection with
Portugal, where she was born. She is a member of an interdisciplinary research
group at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Lisbon) and currently co-supervises a
Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Porto (Oporto). She is a member of the
Board of Directors of FIMS (Fundação Instituto Marques da Silva), a Portuguese
Dr. Paulino has published short stories and a
collection of personal essays. She is fluent in five languages and an
accredited translator/reviewer with the Language Office of the US State