I'm Vera Bulla and I was born in Piauí, Brazil, and I am a PhD candidate in the Portuguese Program. I am in my fourth year at UGA with two completed graduate certifications: Latin American and Caribbean Studies Graduate Certificate and Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies. My undergraduate degree is in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and my Masters degree is in Portuguese and Spanish Literature. For my Masters thesis I researched comic strips by the Brazilian cartoonist, Laerte. I was treasurer and president of the Brazilian Student Association from 2014 to 2019 and we won the award for Best Symposium in 2018. My current research explores female characters in literature who are confronted with environmental disasters such as drought and floods.