Catarina is a doctoral candidate at the Chair for Political Methodology under Prof. Dr. Marco Steenbergen’s supervision and is working on the project “Large-Scale Political Participation: Issue Identification, Deliberation, and Co-creation”. She received a master’s degree in International Studies, focusing on political polarization in text-as-data, from ISCTE (Portugal) in 2022. She has an engineering background with a bachelor's and master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from IST (Portugal) and the University of Twente (Netherlands). In addition to her studies, she worked as a Data Scientist in the industry and as an assistant professor of data mining, machine learning, and deep learning at ISEG University (Portugal). Her main interests are in the areas of political polarisation, deliberative democracy, and computational social science.