Ana Maria S. A. Rodrigues obtained her graduate and MA degrees at the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne, France. She got her PhD in 1992 at the University of Minho, Portugal, where she lectured for two decades. She was also Deputy Co-ordinator of the National Commission for the Commemoration of the Portuguese Discoveries from 1999 to 2002, in charge of the Department of Exhibitions and Multimedia Projects.
She is currently Full Professor at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, and a member of its History Research Centre (CHUL). She teaches courses in Medieval History and Gender History at graduate and postgraduate levels, and has supervised more than 20 MA and PhD theses. She is also a member of the Portuguese Academy of History, and sits on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Medieval History and Royal Studies Journal.
Her first research interest was Economic History. In 1994, her doctoral thesis won the International Economic History Association prize for the best thesis in Ancient and Medieval Economic History for 1988-1992. Her most recent publication in this field is “The long recovery from the Black Death 1348-1500” in An Agrarian History of Portugal, 1000-2000: Economic development on the European frontier (Brill, 2017).
Ana Maria's current research concerns Women’s and Gender History, and especially Iberian Queenship. She has authored a book on the biographies of the queens of Portugal Eleanor of Aragon and Isabella of Coimbra (As Tristes Rainhas. Leonor de Aragão. Isabel de Coimbra, Temas e Debates, 2013) and co-edited a collection on the marriages of the Portuguese royal family (Casamentos da Família Real Portuguesa. Diplomacia e Cerimonial 2 vols., Círculo de Leitores, 2017). Her publications include seven other authored or edited books and more than 80 articles and book chapters.