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current funded projects


• 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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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 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. 

MPI (Co-PI) “Portuguese Police Experience with Drug Decriminalization” 
Rhode Island Hospital, Divisions of Infectious Diseases and General Internal Medicine
National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute on Drug Abuse (K01DA056654 and R21DA057171)

Researcher “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)
Universidade de Lisboa


Executive Director Migrant Communities Project History and Drug Policy Educational Initiatives 


Miguel Moniz is an anthropologist (PhD, Brown University '04)  at the Center for Research in Anthropology (CRIA)-ISCTE/Instituto Universitário 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 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 +. He is 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 Moniz also publishes popular journalism and opinion. He has contributed to and his research 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. Moniz has also provided commentary for television news programs on RTP, TVI, and SIC televisão.

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