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BA and Master from the University of Porto (Portugal). PhD in History and Civilization, European University Institute, Florence (Italy). After that, he was a post-doctoral researcher in Lisbon, studying the secular clergy in Brazil (eighteenth century).

He has participated in several collective projects, such as  Bahia 16-19: Salvador da Bahia: American, European and African forging of a colonial capital city, funded by FP7-Marie Curie Actions People International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES).

He was the scientific coordinator of  O Atlântico dos outros: África, Bahia, Portugal e um oceano partilhado (sécs. XVII-XIX), founded by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

In 2017 he won the A. H. de Oliveira Marques Prize, from the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, for the article “Projecting Power: Cathedral Chapters and Public Rituals in Portugal, 1564-1650”.


Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Early Modern Iberian History
  • Religious history in the South Atlantic World
  • Church and Colonial Government in Brazil and Angola

Hugo is currently developing a research project entitled ATLANTIC_ANGOLA: Race, Church, and Colonial Government in the Atlantic: the case of Angola in the age of Enlightenment. Previously, he studied different aspects of the History of the Catholic Church (16th-18th centuries), with a particular focus on the agency of the secular clergy. He has worked in several archives in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Brazil and Angola.

He would gladly supervise MA/PhD students on topics related to his research interests or in any aspect of Early Modern Portuguese/Iberian and South Atlantic History.


Expertise and public engagement

Hugo is finishing a collaborative project with the Portuguese professional association of History teachers (APH). The project aims to promote the teaching of History of Slavery. The main outcome of the project will be a set of five small documentary-videos, available soon in


Selected publications


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