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Dr Catarina Fouto

Senior Lecturer in Portuguese Studies

Research interests

  • Languages


Catarina Fouto studied Classics and Portuguese at the University of Lisbon, where she also obtained her MA in Medieval Studies. She obtained her DPhil in Renaissance Portuguese from Oxford. Her first academic post was at the University of Oxford, where she also co-directed the Instituto Camões Centre. Catarina took up a lectureship in Portuguese Studies at King's in 2011.

Catarina Fouto is a member of the international research group Seminario de Poética Europea del Renacimiento, based at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, She is also a member of the editorial board of the journal Portuguese Studies, and serves Committee of the Centre for Early Modern Studies (CEMS). 

Research Interests and PhD Supervision

  • Medieval and early-modern periods, in particular:
  • history of literary theory
  • history of the book & censorship
  • postcolonial and cultural studies

Catarina welcomes applications for PhD topics related to any of his research interests. 

For more details, please see her full research profile.


At King's, Catarina teaches a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules on all areas of Portuguese Studies, ranging from the middle ages to the twentieth-century, including language at advanced level (oral, essay writing, and translation). She has developed modules on her areas of expertise, including medieval and early modern cultural and literary studies at undergraduate level, and her graduate teaching concentrates on the early modern period. She collaborates with colleagues on co-taught modules on medieval, early modern, and contemporary topics at undergraduate level.

Expertise and Public Engagement

Catarina is a published translator and has been an expert reader for the annual John Dryden translation competition, sponsored by the British Comparative Literature Association and the British Centre for Literary Translation. She is also the Secretary of the Association of British and Irish Lusitanists, which acts for and represents the interests of the field of Portuguese, Brazilian and Lusophone African Studies at national and international level.