Alexandra Santos

Integrated Researchers, PhD

Political History — Regimes, Transitions, and Memory


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With a PhD in Sociology from the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Lisbon, Alexandra Santos is a professor at IADE — European University and researcher at NOVA’s Institute of Contemporary History. She has a BA in History (Art History variant), from the NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities, and a master’s degree in Communication, Culture and Information Technologies from ISCTE-IUL.

She does interdisciplinary research in the areas of nationalism, post-colonial studies, history and literature of Angola, memory studies, philosophy of technology, and media studies. She is currently investigating gender representations in the Portuguese media. She is co-editor of Media and the Portuguese Empire (2017, Palgrave Macmillan) and author of Angola Imaginada (2019, Imprensa de Ciências Sociais).

Research fields

  • History of Angola
  • Literature
  • Nationalism
  • Media

Selected publications

  • Santos, Alexandra. Angola Imaginada. Nação, Guerra e Utopia na Ficção de Pepetela (1971-1996). Lisbon: Imprensa de Ciências Sociais, 2019. [link]
  • Garcia, José Luís, Chandrika Kaul, Filipa Subtil & Alexandra Santos (Eds.). Media and the Portuguese Empire. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. [link]
  • Santos, Alexandra & Filipa Subtil, “Literature Against the Empire: Narratives of the Nation in the Textbook História de Angola and in the Novel Yaka,” in Media and the Portuguese Empire, edited by José Luís Garcia, Chandrika Kaul, Filipa Subtil, and Alexandra Santos, 309–326. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. [link]
  • Santos, Alexandra Dias. “War and nation in Angola: Reading Mayombe from the perspective of memory studies,” Portuguese Journal of Social Science, 14 (2015): 9-23. [link]


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