I am a writer, professor, scholar, and interpreter. Raised in Portugal, I earned a Ph.D. at Columbia University, where the renowned Margaret Mead was my dissertation sponsor.
I am the author of two collections of short fiction, The Rogue and Other Portuguese Stories and On the Way to Red Square, a fictionalized account of my life in the diplomatic circles of Moscow in the 1980s (New Academia Publishing, Washington DC). Hora Crepuscular/Drawing Dusk/La Hora Crepuscular (Agir, Execução Gráfica) is a narrative work about Sintra, Portugal.
I am a member of the Pen Club of Portugal, the Fulbright Commission Team of Evaluators in Portugal (2014 Prize for International Cooperation, the Prince of Asturias Foundation), APSA, the American-Portuguese Studies Association, the Columbia Fiction Foundry, and CLEPUL, Center for Lusophone and European Literatures and Cultures, Faculty of Humanities, the University of Lisbon.
I have taught at the University of Lisbon and at Georgetown University, and have been twice Visiting Scholar at the New School. I have spoken at the Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State, The Chawton House Library in the United Kingdom, The International Conference on the Short Story, The American Portuguese Studies Association, and the Historical Writers of America, among other locations. With a colleague, I run the Guest Speaker Program of the Historical Novel Society New York City Chapter at the Jefferson Market Library.