Rita Seabra Brito is the director of the Estoril Political Forum – The International Annual Meetings in Political Studies – of the IEP- UCP (The Institute for Political Studies at the Catholic University of Portugal in Lisbon.) She holds an MA in Political Science (with a thesis on “The Free and Virtuous Society in the Thought of John Paul II”) and was a Visiting Student at Oxford University (St. Antony’s College), through the IEP-UCP interchange programme, along with a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. 

She is an Associate Researcher of the CIEP, and since 2010 she has been a Teaching Assistant, working with Professor Manuel Braga da Cruz in the BA courses: “Political Systems and Political Regimes”, as well as “Political Parties”.

 In 2006, she attended a one-month seminar in Krakow, Poland, “Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society”, organised by the Ethics and Public Policy Center of Washington D.C. Her main research fields include Catholic social teaching, political regimes and political systems, with a focus on political parties. She is a member of Instituto Mais Liberdade’s Board of Trustees.