is a professor at the School of Creative Industries at Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (UNISINOS) in Brazil. She is an expert on pop culture and fan studies in the context of digital culture and media. Amaral’s research examines online trends in popular culture in relation to media industries, influencers and fans around the world, and especially in Brazil.
Amaral is the coordinator of UNISINOS' CULTPOP Research Laboratory
, which is dedicated to the study of how popular culture, communications and technologies informing public policy. Amaral is also the key regional leader for Brazil and South America at the TikTok Cultures Research Network
, where she facilitates an online community of qualitative scholars who study the cultures, economics and politics of TikTok.