Dr Ana Martins

Senior Lecturer in Portuguese


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Ana specialises in Lusophone women's writing. The majority of her research interests lie in postcolonial, transnational and memory studies in Lusophone contexts, with a particular emphasis on Portugal’s relationship with Lusophone Africa and Brazil, as well as dominant French and Anglo-American  theory centres of postcolonial and feminist thought. She was awarded a Visiting Scholarship in Portuguese Studies in 2012 by the Charles Boxer and the Camões Centre at King's College London. In 2014, she held the AHRC Care for the Future Early Career Developmental Award for the project "Consuming Authenticities: Time, Place and the Past in Construction of 'Authentic' Foods and Drinks." In 2017 she was awarded the AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellows grant for research on mobility and memory in the Brown (i.e. Lusophone) Atlantic. She is the author of Magic Stones and Flying Snakes: Gender and the Postcolonial Exotic in the Work of Paulina Chiziane and Lídia Jorge (Peter Lang, 2012), co-editor of The Luso-Tropical Tempest: Postcolonial Debates in Portuguese (Bristol University Press, 2012), and co-author of Authentic Recipes from Around the World (Ceredigion, 2015).  

Modern Languages at Exeter

Ana is co-founder of the Portuguese Studies degree at Exeter. She is co-founder / co-director of the Exeter Centre for Latin American StudiesEXCELAS. The Centre aims to consolidate and enhance the visibility of Latin American studies (broadly conceived) as a growing field of study at the University of Exeter, and to provide a platform to draw together the existing expertise in Latin America in various departments across the University.

Services to the discipline

Ana is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College. She is External Examiner for undergraduate degrees in the Spanish and Portuguese and Latin American Studies, University of Manchester. She is also the Web Liaison for the Lusophone pages (Brazilian, Portuguese and Portuguese-speaking Africa) of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing (CCWW) - Please get in touch if you would like to contribute to the Lusophone page with content.


Ana's research has been supported through major funding awards from both Portuguese and UK institutions. She was  recently awarded an Early Career Leadership Fellows grant (February 2018 - January 2020). The project, titled "Women of the Brown Atlantic: Real and Imaginary Passages in Portuguese 1711 - 2011," is about mobility and memory in the Brown (i.e., Lusophone) Atlantic. This is a continuation of the AHRC-funded project, "Consuming Authenticities: Time, Place and the Past in Construction of 'Authentic' Foods and Drinks," which won a Care for the Future Early Career Developmental Award in November 2014.

She is a UK partner in the Leverhulme Trust International Network, "Translating Feminism: Transfer, Transgression, Transformation (1945-1990)."

Ana is co-investigator for the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia-funded project "Intersexualidades-Intersexualities," PI Ana Luísa Amaral (University of Porto)


Ana teaches across a range of topics in the field of Lusophone studies broadly conceived: empire, colonialism, decolonisation, fascism, dictatorship, and democracy; sexual politics and identity. Her modules cover a variety texts (novels, short-stories, poetry, photography and film) from Angola, Brazil, Mozambique and Portugal. She teaches Portuguese language at all levels.