Ana Paula is originally from São Paulo, Brazil. Before coming to Harvard, she earned her undergraduate degree from the University of São Paulo in Economics, with additional coursework in visual anthropology, sociology, and cinema. She also received a Japanese Government Scholarship and studied at Sophia University in Tokyo for one year, during which she co-produced and co-directed the documentary film From Brazil to Japan. As a PhD student at Harvard her studies have focused on Brazilian literature and film theory and the intersection between history and fiction.
For the past six years she has been working with students who want not only to improve their Portuguese language skills, but also, to learn more about Brazil and Brazilian society and culture. Through her dedicated work as a Teaching Assistant and Teaching Fellow at Harvard, she has won several awards for excellence in teaching. In addition, she has worked in the Tutoring Center, helping students to practice and improve their language skills
In her spare time, Ana Paula enjoys playing soccer, biking around Boston area, and exploring sights for photography.