Ana Sobral is Assistant Professor of Global Literatures in English at the University of Zurich. She studied English and German Literatures and Languages at the University of Porto, Portugal, and went on to do a PhD in American Studies at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Her book Opting Out: Deviance and Generational Identities in American Post-War Cult Fiction came out in 2012.
Her current research project deals with the performance of transculturality and reflections of globalization in popular music. Her teaching and research interests include postcolonial studies, cultural globalization, intermediality, narration through new media (the Internet, popular music) and memory studies. Ana Sobral has published articles and book chapters on rap and poetry in the Global South, Islamic feminism, the performative aspects of the Arab Spring, and the links between popular music, migration and cosmopolitanism.