I am a militant interdisciplinary historian and long-time social and political organizer. Born and raised in Portugal, I am a daughter of Cape Verdean immigrants to Portugal during the colonial period.
Since a young age, I developed a passion for History and later for throughout my academic life for interdisciplinary history. In this process, I developed also a great curiosity for the silenced histories of people, and peoples actions and roles during historic moments of socio-political change. The liberation struggles and social movements around the world and their internationalism and solidarity, in relation with the fields of education and memories, space and architectures, through the practice of anti-colonial, decolonial and militant research and writing, are some of the topics that I am particularly interested in studying, teach and write about.
My career as an interdisciplinary historian was developed in three international public universities: Lisbon, Berlin and New York.
I have a B.A in Modern and Contemporary History-Politics and International Affairs from ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon, and an M.A in African History from the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Lisbon.
In 2016 I received my Ph.D. in Education Sciences- History of Education from the Humboldt University of Berlin. In August 2019, I finished my postdoctoral at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics (CPCP) at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, under the theme Consciousness and Revolution.
Between 2007-2011, together with Eduina Vaz, I edited the booklets Cadernos Consciência e Resistência Negra/Notebooks Consciousness and Black Resistance. In 2014 my book Na Pó di Spéra. Percursos nos Bairros da Estrada Militar, Santa Filomena e Encosta Nascente/ In the Dust of Waiting. Paths in the neighborhoods of Estrada Militar, Santa Filomena and Encosta Nascente, was published by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
Along with filmmaker Filipa César, I co-authored the short film Navigating the Pilot School (2016), and Mangrove School (2022).
Currently, I am Tenure Track Assistant Professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia, in the department of History and Africana Studies. I am working on a book proposal focused on The Walking Archives.
History of the Liberation Struggles ans Social Movements
Center for Place, Culture and Politics
City University of New York (CUNY) The Graduate Center
Archives and Oral History
Decolonial and Militant Research
Architecture and Pedagogical Spaces
Faculty of Humanities of the University of Lisbon
M.A., African History
ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon
B.A., Modern and Contemporary History – Politics and International Affairs
Humboldt University of Berlin
Ph.D., Education Sciences- History of Education.