He completed his Doctorate and Master’s in Contemporary History specialising in Documental Sciences, and he holds a Degree in Philosophy from the Faculty of Letters of the University of Coimbra.
He is a librarian by profession when he is not a research scholar and he is a member of the Centre for 20th Century Interdisciplinary Studies. He also forms part of the Research Group “Intellectuals and Power in the Ibero-American World”, headquartered at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ). In 2011 he was awarded a post-doctoral research grant by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).
He has published the following books: Bissaya Barreto: Ordem e Progresso [“Bissaya Barreto: Order and Progress”] (Coimbra, 1999) which was his Master’s thesis and which is now out of print, and Uma Biblioteca Fascista em Portugal [“A Fascist Library in Portugal”] (Coimbra, 2007). The book O Fascismo Catedrático de Salazar [“The Cathedratic Fascism of Salazar”], which was his doctoral dissertation, has led to the publication of a number of studies on the following themes: A Presença de Santo Agostinho na Obra de Hannah Arendt [“The Presence of Saint Augustine in the work of Hannah Arendt”] (Coimbra, 2004); La Prima guerra mondiale e le origini ideologiche dello Estado Novo (Roma, 2006); O Estado Novo perante o 28 de Maio e o Fascismo [“The Estado Novo in terms of the 28th of May and Fascism”] (Coimbra, 2006); O Estado Novo de Salazar como um Fascismo de Cátedra [“Salazar’s Estado Novo as cathedratic fascism”] (Bolonha, 2009); Jaime Cortesão (Coimbra, 2010); Fascismo de Cátedra, Violência e Intolerância [“Cathedratic Fascism, Violence and Intolerance”] (São Paulo, 2010) – an essay that is part of the conference proceedings from ‘Times of Fascism’ held in Brazil in 2011 awarded 2nd Place Jabuti Prize in Human Sciences; O Estado Novo de Salazar como um Fascismo Catedrático: Fundamentação Histórica de uma Categoria Política [“Salazar’s Estado Novo as cathedratic fascism: historical fundamentation of a political category”] (Ponta Delgada, 2011); and Os Futuristas e a República [“The Futurists and the Republic”] (Coimbra, 2011).