- International Academies (2021)
- Academia de Letras da Bahia
- Bicentennial Medal (2021)
- International Academies (2019)
- Brazilian Academy of Letters
- Fulbright Award (2015)
- Fulbright Award (1985)
- Portugal; Brazil
Darlene J. Sadlier is a professor emerita of Spanish and Portuguese in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington. She received a B.A. in Spanish and Portuguese from Kent State University in 1971, a M.A. in Portuguese from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1972, and a Ph.D. in Portuguese from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1977. She joined IU’s faculty in 1978 as a visiting assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese in the College of Arts and Sciences and was appointed as an assistant professor the following year. In 1985, she was promoted to associate professor and full professor of Spanish and Portuguese in 1991, a title she held until her retirement in 2014. Sadlier taught at IU for 36 years, 30 of which she served as the director of the Portuguese program, while also holding roles as an adjunct professor of gender studies, communication and culture, American studies, and of comparative literature during her career.
Sadlier’s writing interests center around the literature, arts, and culture of the Portuguese-speaking world. A few of her publications include her books Brazil Imagined: 1500 to the Present (2008), Americans All: Good Neighbor Cultural Diplomacy in World War II (2012), and The Portuguese Diaspora: Seven Centuries of Literature and the Arts (2016). Sadlier’s most recent book, The Lilly Library A to Z: Intriguing Objects in a World-Class Collection (2019), is part of an Indiana University Press series to celebrate the IU 2020 Bicentennial.
In 2019, Sadlier was elected to the Brazilian Academy of Letters as a social-correspondente and is the only U.S. citizen and woman currently holding this lifetime position. Among many other awards, she has received fellowships from the National Endowment for Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and is a two-time recipient of Fulbright awards. As a Fulbright scholar, she lectured and researched at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil in 2015 and conducted research in Lisbon, Portugal during the 1985-1986 academic year.