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I am an anthropologist (PhD, Brown University '04)  at the Center for Research in Anthropology (CRIA)-ISCTE/Instituto Universitário de Lisboa in Portugal and just finished two years at Brown University as a visiting scholar. My work has been supported by fellowships and grants from Fulbright Foundation, European Research Council, Portuguese National Science Foundation (FCT), Fundação Luso-Americana, National Endowment for the Humanities, Rhode Island Endowment for the Humanities, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Erasmus +. I am also the Executive Director of the Migrant Communities Project a chartered not for profit educational organization that creates humanities, cultural transformative programs to improve equity and migrant visibility.

In addition to scholarly articles I also write popular and opinion pieces. I have contributed to and my work has been featured in Diário Notícias, O Público, Boston Globe, Providence Journal, Fall River Herald News, New Bedford Standard Times, Cape Cod Times, Falmouth Enterprise, and Newsweek. I have provided commentary for television news programs on RTP, TVI, and SIC televisão.

From a community on Cape Cod, Massachusetts founded and built by Azorean and Cape Verdean migrant farm workers and construction laborers, I have lived in the US in Providence, RI; Boston, Fall River, MA; New York, NY; across Connecticut and in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

I started living in Portugal on-and-off beginning in the mid-1990s (mostly in the Azores on my family's island of São Miguel and also Terceira). But after first visiting  Lisbon in 1989, the city put the zap on me, and I returned frequently, moving here permanently in 2005. In Europe I have also lived in Germany as well as in Snowdonia, in north Wales.

On the Cape, I worked laying concrete foundations in my family's masonry business, a job I held during and after college. An undergraduate anthropology honors thesis studying the Azorean crew I worked with and the Espírito Santo Festival they put on every summer in my town, led to a life time of learning and research about migrant communities and the histories and challenges in the places of my greatest affection in New England, Portugal and other connected geographies. 

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• Labor, migration and racialization
• Translocal and transnational migration from cultural, political and legal perspectives
• Nation and diaspora constructions, and social marginalization with a focus on circulation and place making in migrant mobilities.

• Forced migration and transnational displacement; deportation; return migration; social challenges of poverty and SUD.
• Critical approaches to the state, nationalism and nation building
• Political and cultural issues among Azores/Portugal/the US
• Labor practices, labor movements and social differentiation
• Associativism and migrant cultural, economic and political organizations

• SUD political policy

• Anthropology of music (community building, place making, migration activism)

• Race and ethnicity theory

Additional activities

• Migration and sports
• Applied anthropology for social and racial equity, social welfare and humanitarian ends

• Bibliology of the Azores and the Atlantic
• Material culture, rituals, intangible cultural patrimony
• Visual anthropology 


PhD and AM Anthropology

Brown University

Providence, RI

BA Anthropology & BA English

Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT

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