Ana Isabel Moniz is Associate Professor at the University of Madeira (Portugal). She was awarded her Ph.D. in French Literature at the University of Madeira in 2003. She attended a postdoctoral study programme in contemporary Portuguese Literature funded by the National Science Foundation (FCT-PT) with the research project entitled “Utopia and Travel: the invention of new places in Contemporary Literature”. She is a member of the Centre for Comparative Studies of the University of Lisbon, where she is Main Researcher of the “Cluster Travel and Utopia”. She is also a collaborating member of the Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa (University of Porto, PT), the LIHAM Research Group – CEHUM (University of Minho, PT) and the Research Group t3 AxEL (University of Zaragoza, Spain). She has participated in and/or co-organised annual international conferences and seminars. She has published a number of critical papers and essays in national and international journals. At present, her main areas of research are Comparative Literature as well as Contemporary Issues and Island Studies.