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Born in Valencia (1974), she is a Tenured Professor in the department of History of Art of the Universitat de València. Graduate in Geography and History, major in History of Art and PhD in History of Art for the Universitat de València.

Winner of the Extraordinary award in Undergraduate Degree and PhD thesis and, also, of the award on Academic Recognition by the Valencian Government. She has four six-year terms of certified research activity and four five-year terms of certified teaching activity.

Her research revolves around the study and analysis of museology and museography, as well as art criticism, with a focus on contemporary art and on cultural heritage linked to the exchange and dissemination of ideas and knowledge, from the perspective of visual studies and of the gender.

She published books, book chapters and numerous articles in specialized journals. She directed research projects, focused on the visibility of art made by women and she is a member of a national interuniversity team dedicated to rescuing the art made by female Spanish artists (1804-1939). In the area of cultural heritage, she is the lead researcher of several European projects.

She directed seven PhDs and more than fifty undergraduate and master’s degree final projects. She carried out research stays in the Spanish National Research Council, in the Ledoux Centre in Paris, in the Hispanic Society (New York), and in the universities of París I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Laval (Canada), Federico II in Napoli and in the University of Palermo.

In regard to her teaching activity, it focused on the aspects related to cultural heritage, museography and contemporary art within an undergraduate degree. She also teaches in the Master's Degree in Cultural Heritage and in the Master's Degree in Art History and Visual Culture at the Universitat de València.

In addition, she’s professor and co-director of the Master in Analysis and Diagnosis of works of art and in the PERMEA Master (Experimental Program of mediation and education through art) organized by the Universitat de València and the Consorci de Museus of the Valencian Community.

Former Vice Dean and Dean of the Faculty of Geography and History. Member of the Statutes Committee, of the Senate and of the Board of Trustees. She served as the director of the University Culture Service and of the Valencian Archive of Design of the Universitat de València.

Currently, she’s a Management Committee Member of the COST EuroWeb (UE) and chairperson of the Board of Museo de Bellas Artes of Valencia and of the Diseño Foundation. Former member of Board of Directors of IVAM and part of the Expert Committee for the evaluation of National Heritage museum facilities.