She has a Doctorate in and is an Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Coimbra, where she teaches at the Faculty of Letters. She is a researcher at the Centre for History of Society and Culture (UC) and collaborates with the Religious History Studies Centre (UCP). She carries out research in the area of Portuguese social history from the 18th and 20th centuries. Amongst her publications are the following: Mulheres, espaço e sociabilidade. A transformação dos papéis femininos em Portugal à luz de fontes literárias (2ª metade do século XVIII) [“Women, space and sociability. The change in the role of women according the literary sources (2nd half of the 18th century)”]; [“Poverty, assistance and social control in Coimbra, 1750-1850; A brief history of Portuguese Misericórdias, 1498-2000”] (co-written with Isabel G. Sá); António Ferrer Correia 1912-2003. Uma fotobiografia [“António Ferrer Correia 1912-2003: A photo biography”] (co-written with Maria João Padez de Castro); Protecção Social em Portugal na Idade Moderna; [“Social Protection in Portugal in the Modern Age”]; Rainhas que o Povo Amou: Estefânia de Hohenzollern e Maria Pia de Saboia [“The Queens the people loved: Estefania of Hohenzollern and Maria Pia of Savoy”].