Rosa Maria Perez is an anthropologist and senior researcher at the Centre for Research in Anthropology (CRIA). Until August 2020, she was a professor of the Department of Anthropology of ISCTE- University Institute of Lisbon. She has been a visiting professor at different universities in the USA (particularly Brown University), Europe, Mozambique, Brazil and India. Since 2012, Perez has been a visiting professor at IITGN.  Her core research is on Indian society and social segregation (with a particular focus on Dalit and women), women studies, colonialism and post-colonialism in India, fieldwork methodology, public anthropology and human rights.
Perez is a consultant to the UN Commission for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and European Councils on Asia. Her latest book in English is Transdisciplinary Ethnography in India: Women in the Field, co-edited with Lina M. Fruzzetti (Routledge, London and NY, 2021).
On the 28th of June 2021, as part of the Science 2021 Meeting, she received a medal of scientific merit from the Portuguese Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education.

Research Interests: Social structures, social segregation, subaltern studies, Fieldwork methodology, Portuguese colonialism and postcolonialism in India, Globalisation and diaspora, Anthropology and cinema



MA in Classical Studies: FL, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, 1976

MA in Anthropology: ISCSP, Lisbon, 1980

PhD in Anthropology: ISCTE, Lisbon, 1992


Selected Publications:

  1. Perez Rosa Maria, “The Tulsi and the Cross”, Anthropology and the Colonial Encounter in Goa, Delhi, Chronicle, 2011.
  2. Perez Rosa Maria, “2044- Kings and untouchables: a study of the caste system in western India”, New Delhi, DC Publishers.
  3. Perez Rosa Maria, CARVALHO and Clara eds, “Mirrors of the empire”, Oeiras, Celta Editora, 2002.
  4. Perez Rosa Maria, et al., eds, Goan Stories, Lisbon: M.N.E., 1997.


Work Experience:

  • Guest Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar
  • Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, ISCTE, Lisbon (1983 to present)
  • Brown University (regular visiting professor since 2000)
  • European University Institute (Florence, Italy)
  • University Eduardo Mondlane (Maputo, Mozambique)Scientific consultancy
  • 2010: Counsellor of the Minister for Science and Technology, Portugal;
  • 2010: Member of the Scientific Board, European Association for South Asian Studies (EASAS);
  • 2009: Steering Committee, Instituto Universitário Europeu, Florença;
  • 2008: Pool of Reviewers of Anthropology, European Science Foundation;
  • 2006: Anthropology Expert Panel, European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH);
  • 2006: Pool of Experts, European Network for Contemporary Research on India (ENCARI), European Commission;
  • 1999-2002: Member of the Executive Board of the European Science Foundation – Asia Committee;