Ricardo Roque

Ricardo Roque is an Assistant Researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon. He earned a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge in 2007, after studying sociology and historical sociology at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (BA, MA). Before joining the ICS-ULisboa research team, he was a professor at the University of the Azores (1999-2008) and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2012-13) at the University of Sydney, to which he remains affiliated as an Honorary Associate in the Department of History. At ICS, he is currently the coordinator of the Research Group on Empires, Colonialism, and Postcolonial Societies and teaches in doctoral programs in Anthropology and History.

He was a Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (2012), Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Johns Hopkins University (2018), and Visiting Professor at the Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac (2019). In 2016, he received the University of Lisbon/CGD Scientific Prize in the area of History and Philosophy.

His work focuses on the history and anthropology of human sciences, colonialism, and intercultural relations in Portuguese-speaking spaces from 1800 to the twentieth century.

Geographical Areas of Research

East Timor

Areas of Research

Historical ethnography of colonial mimicry

Comparative studies of racial science and its biological collections

“Colonial Anthropological Missions” of the Portuguese imperial state (1936-1974)



Roque, Ricardo (2001). Antropologia e Império Fonseca Cardoso e a Expedição à Índia em 1895. Imprensa de Ciências Sociais

Roque, Ricardo (2010). Headhunting and Colonialism: Anthropology and the Circulation of Human Skulls in the Portuguese Empire, 1870-1930. Palgrave Macmillan

Anderson, Warwick; Roque, Ricardo & Ventura Santos, Ricardo (eds.) (2019). Luso-Tropicalism and Its Discontents: The Making and Unmaking of Racial Exceptionalism. Berghahn.

Roque, Ricardo & Traube, Elizabeth G. (eds.) (2019). Crossing Histories and Ethnographies: Following Colonial Historicities in Timor-Leste. Berghahn.