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I joined Birkbeck in the Summer of 2007. From then on, I’ve been teaching several aspects of Portuguese modern culture, twentieth-century history and film. I came to Birkbeck from Paris, where I was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. The project of my post-doctorate focused on the reception of structuralism in Portuguese social sciences, humanities and politics throughout the 1960s and the 1970s. Before that, I had been Assistant Professor at the History Department of the New University of Lisbon, where I also did my MA and PhD.

I published monographs on the reception of Marxism in Portugal and the ideological and literary origins of Portuguese fascism (see publications), which developed from my MA and PhD dissertations. I have also researched and published articles and books on many other aspects of twentieth-century Portuguese culture: popular cinema, advertising and twentieth-century press, and the Carnation Revolution.

I am an associated researcher at the Contemporary History Institute (IHC) in Lisbon (and was part of the Institute’s directive board between 2004 and 2007) and a collaborator of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Twentieth-Century Studies (CEIS20) at the University of Coimbra. With António Pedro Pita, I organized Structural Transformation of the Portuguese Cultural Field at CEIS20 in 2004, a conference whose proceedings (published in 2008) provide the first overview of Portuguese cultural studies.

At the IHC, I co-coordinated “The Making of State Power in Portugal”, a research project co-hosted by the New University of Lisbon, the Complutense University in Madrid and Birkbeck. The project was funded by the Portuguese Science and Techonology Foundation. Some of the project’s main outputs were a conference organized at Birkbeck in May 2011, and the publication of The Making of Modern Portugal, the most recent and comprehensive introduction to Portuguese history in English (in 2013).

In August 2011, I was a visiting professor at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro. There, I started to work in my current area of research, on the transformations in Portuguese culture between the 1960s and the 1990s, and in particular the cultural experience of the revolutionary and post-revolutionary periods. In May 2014, I will be organizing a conference on the fortieth anniversary of the Carnation Revolution at Birkbeck with British and Portuguese colleagues. The conference’s title will be The Carnation Revolution Between African Anticolonialism and European Rebellion.