B.A. University of Virginia, 1994
M.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003
Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011
Current Research and Teaching
Professor De Barros's research centers on the politics of embodied subjectivity and specifically examines how Renaissance thinkers confronted the theoretical tension between the body and discourse to work through the period’s most pressing concerns. His current book project focuses on, as its working title describes, “Shakespeare and the Pedagogy of Sexual Violence.” Framed within recent attempts of colleges and universities to acknowledge and combat sexual violence, this study examines the way in which Shakespeare, like the educational theorists of his time, understood the problem as a cultural one and explored throughout his career whether humanistic educational theory and practice could solve it. As this politically responsive, interdisciplinary project suggests, his teaching interests are broad. Over a 20 year period, he has taught a range of courses including "The Politics of Shakespearean Expression," "Shakespeare and the Pedagogy of Sexual Violence," "Epic Masculinities: From Homer to Milton," "Autobiographies of Black Masculinity," "Literature, Subjectivity, and the 'Age of Discovery'," and, most recently, "Stuck on Stupid: Early Modern Education and the Enduring Problem of Anti-Intellectualism." However, no matter the course topic, Professor De Barros's core pedagogical goal is to help his students begin or continue their development as serious and sophisticated interpreters of the past and the present and, in turn, ethically oriented shapers of the future.
Professor De Barros (center) was featured on WGBH's "Greater Boston" in its segment on trigger warnings And microaggressions. Watch »