Sadlier, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, began her career at Indiana University in 1978. She has been director of the Department's Portuguese program for 32 years. Her books cover a wide range of subject matter that includes Lusophone literature, history, film and art.
Her recent works of scholarship include Brazil Imagined: 1500 to the Present (2008), the first cultural history of Brazil in English, and the forthcoming Americans All: Good Neighbor Cultural Diplomacy in World War II, a history of the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs (1940-46) and its many initiatives to bolster U.S.-Latin American cultural relations during the war. This book brings to attention the contributions of President Herman B Wells and others at Indiana University. Brazil Imagined, and her book on Brazilian film director Nelson Pereira dos Santos, will appear shortly in translation in Brazil. She has received numerous awards for research and teaching from, among others, the NEH, the Lilly Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Rockefeller Archive Center. In 2009, she won the first-place prize of $20,000 in an international competition sponsored by the Brazilian government for best essay on the novelist Graciliano Ramos. She is currently working on a book about the Portuguese-speaking diaspora in literature and the arts.