Lenir Neiva dos Santos holds a M.S.Ed. in TESOL, from Temple University. She also holds a degree in Letras (Literature, Portuguese and English), with a minor in Portuguese-English-Portuguese translation and interpretation, from Unibero- Universidade Ibero Americana, São Paulo, Brazil. In Fall of 2010, she began teaching Portuguese at the Hispanic and Portuguese Department at UPenn, where she has taught a variety of courses of Portuguese. She has also taught Portuguese courses for graduate students at the Lauder Language Program at Upenn, and ESL at the English Language Programs at UPenn.
Her areas of interests and research are focused on Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism.