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Rita Mendonça Leite (Lisbon, 1982) got her degree in History from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon (2004), where she also concluded, in 2007, her Masters Degree in Contemporary History under the theme “Representations of the Protestantism in the Portuguese Contemporary Society: from exclusion to religious freedom (1852-1911)”; and, in 2017, her PhD Degree in History and Culture of Religions, with the thesis “Text and Authority. Sociocultural and religious diversification with the Bible Society in Portugal (1804-1940)”, recently published by Imprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda. She has been recognized with a Merit Award from the “Victor de Sá Award in Contemporary History” in 2008; and with the First Prize of the “Prémio Liberdade Religiosa” in 2017. She is a Junior Researcher at the Centro de Estudos de História Religiosa - Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP-CEHR); a collaborator researcher of the Centro de História - Universidade de Lisboa (CH-ULisboa); and a member of the Association Française d’Histoire Religieuse Contemporaine (AFHRC) and of the Sociedade Portuguesa da História do Protestantismo (SPHP). She is currently Deputy Director of UCP-CEHR and a member of the Editorial Board of Lusitania Sacra.

Religious History; Social History; Religious Diversification; Religious identities; Protestantism; Bible circulation.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Texto e Autoridade. Diversificação sociocultural e religiosa com a Sociedade Bíblica em Portugal (1804-1940), University of Lisbon

Award Date: 22 May 2017

Master, Representações do Protestantismo na Sociedade Portuguesa Contemporânea: da exclusão à liberdade de culto (1852-1911), University of Lisbon

Award Date: 4 Mar 2008


  • D204 Modern History
  • HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform


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