She holds a PhD in Culture Studies from the Faculty of Human Sciences, Catholic University of Portugal. She took her first degree in English and German Philology and her MA in German Studies (Linguistics) at the Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon.

She taught English and German in Secondary Education until September 2004 and, after this date, she became a member of a working team at GAVE (Office for Educational Assessment of the Ministry of Education), where she participated in several projects.

She has also worked in technical and literary translation (German-Portuguese). Translated literary texts: "Der Erzähler", "Lehre vom Ähnlichen" and "Spielzeug und Spielen" of Walter Benjamin, in Walter Benjamin (1992), Sobre Arte, Técnica, Linguagem e Política, Lisboa: Relógio d' Água; Die Verlobung in St. Domingo by Heinrich von Kleist (1994), Noivado em S. Domingo, Lisboa: Relógio d' Água.