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Miguel Moniz is an anthropologist (PhD, Brown University) at the Instituto de Ciências Sociais (ICS), Universidade de Lisboa in Portugal and has been a distinguished visiting scholar at Brown University and at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Moniz work has been supported by fellowships and grants on projects funded through the Fulbright Foundation, European Research Council, Portuguese National Science Foundation (FCT), Fundação Luso-Americana, the National Endowment for the

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Humanities, the Rhode Island Endowment for the Humanities, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, Rhode Island Foundation, Europe for Citizens Program, and Erasmus +.


Moniz is the Executive Director of the Migrant Communities Project, a chartered 501 (C)(3) non-profit educational organization for the humanities, science, and culture, that engages social issues and promotes migrant visibility. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Commission of Portugal, the Instituto de Estudos da Macaranonésia, and the Tagus Press' (University of Massachusetts) Portuguese in the Americas Series. 

In addition to scholarly articles Moniz also contributes to journalism and opinion. His research has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered and The Morning Edition, in The Atlantic Magazine, the Oregonian, Diário de Notícias, O Público, Boston Globe, Fall River Herald News, New Bedford Standard Times, Cape Cod Times, Falmouth Enterprise, and Newsweek among other publications. He has written journalism and opinion including for The New York Times, Diário de Noticias, Boston Globe, and the Providence Journal. Moniz has also provided commentary for television news programs on RTP, TVI, and SIC televisão.

current funded projects

Research Fellow/Track Coordinator, “Export Portugal. Cultural Diplomacy and the Rebranding Strategies of the Estado Novo in the United States (1933-1974)” National Science Foundation of Portugal (FCT) (2022.08653.PTDC, Gori)
Instituto de Ciências Sociais (ICS) Universidade de Lisboa

mPI (Co-PI), “Portuguese Police Experience with Drug Decriminalization” 
Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI

(Rhode Island Foundation; Rhode Island Hospital, Divisions of Infectious Diseases and General Internal Medicine; National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute on Drug Abuse ( K01DA056654 and R21DA057171, del Pozo)

Executive Director, Migrant Communities Project (501(c)(3) non profit) Cultural Programs & History, Humanities, and Healthcare Educational Initiatives 

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• Labor, migration and racialization

• Substance use disorders and political policy

• Translocal and transnational circulation and place making from cultural, political, and legal perspectives

Associativism & migrant cultural, economic, political, and socio-religious organizations

• Cultural diplomacy, policy and migration

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

• Forced migration, displacement, deportation
• Critical approaches to the state, nationalism and nation building

• Atlantic Geopolitics 

• Constructions of race, ethnicity, and nationalism

Additional activities

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

• Early Modern Atlantic seafaring texts
• Bibliology of the Azores and the Atlantic
• Material culture, rituals, intangible cultural patrimony
• Visual anthr


I was raised in a community on Cape Cod, Massachusetts founded and built by Azorean and Cape Verdean migrant farm workers and construction laborers. In the US I have lived 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

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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. 


PhD & AM Anthropology

Brown University

Providence, RI

BA Anthropology & BA English

Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT

Upcoming/Recent talks & Events

Invited lecture

Comparative Addiction Policy Georgetown University
Washington, DC

"Portugal's Drug Policy Experience in Comparative Perspective"


June 5, 11:00 am (EST)

Conference Paper and Panel

Association for Spanish & Portuguese Studies 

Portuguese National Churches in North America: Estado Novo Influence, Soft Diplomacy, and Immigrant organization through the Catholic Church

State Authority, Soft Diplomacy, and Collective Organization among Immigrant Communities from Portugal in North America: the Estado Novo, the Portuguese Church, and Associativism

Universidade de Lisboa
8-12 July 

Conference Paper

European Association of Social Anthropology
Doing and Undoing with Anthropology

Immigrant Museums, Heritage Sites, and the Local Politics of Memorialization: competing and complementary aims of activists, agents of cultural diplomacy, and who decides how the past is narrated.
Lisbon, Portugal


Universidade de Barcelona
23-26 July


Radio show w/ music and discussion 

The Revolution Starts with Music, with Maria Dybcio
Cashmere Radio

"The Soundtrack to the Carnation Revolution"
Maria Dybcio interviews Miguel Moniz about protest music and Portugal's 25, April 1974 Carnation Revolution

Air date: April 24, 18:00 (CET)
90 minutes 

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Conference Paper

@ The Carnation Revolution:
Global Perspectives

Estado Novo Cultural Diplomacy and Political Influence Operations in the United States. A Context for Immigrant Community Responses to the 1974, 25 de Abril Revolution.

Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture • Tagus Press • Ferreira Mendes Portuguese-American Archives

UMass Dartmouth and New Bedford Whaling Museum, Massachusetts


HYBRID EVENT Invited Lecture

Ann Arbor Michigan

Perspectives from Portugal:
Can lessons from a successful Opioid Crisis Intervention Inform U.S. Approaches? 

Families Against Narcotics
Washtenaw County Learning Resource Center
4135 Washtenaw Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104


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Postcards from Falmouth

Postcards from Falmouth: Falmouth Memories with Miguel Moniz

Falmouth Public Library
Falmouth, Massachusetts
Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

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