Dr Francisco Eissa Barroso

Senior Lecturer in Latin American History

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Research interests

Dr. Eissa-Barroso's research and teaching interests focus on the political, social and military history of Spanish America and the wider Spanish world, especially during the early modern period. He is particularly interested in the first half of the eighteenth century and the reforms introduced during the reigns of Philip V, first Bourbon king of Spain (1701-1724, 1724-1746). More broadly, his research deals with issues related to policy making, court politics and political culture, local governance, social, familial and patron-client networks, and the various roles played by military officers in administering, defending and binding together the Spanish Empire. He is also interested in the history of political though in the Spanish world, primarily between the sixteenth and the mid nineteenth centuries, and in the study of lives and careers which spanned the Spanish Atlantic.

Postgraduate Students’ Supervision

Frank particularly welcomes enquiries from students interested in working on the political, social and military history of the early-modern Spanish world, broadly defined.

Topics recently supervised:

  • 2015-17, Alexander Thomas, ‘The Invention of Anahuac: Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl, Hernando de Alvarado Tezozomoc, and the Construction of a New Identity for New Spain’ (MA in Languages and Cultures, research route, part-time; co-supervised with Esther Gómez-Sierra)
  • 2016-17, Natasha Bailey, ‘Iconography and the Construction of Pre-Hispanic Gender in Colonial Nahua Pictorials’ (MA in History)
  • 2013-15, James Shaw, ‘“The Great Desideratum in Government”: James Madison, Benjamin Constant, and the Liberal-Republican Framework for Political Neutrality’ (PhD in History; co-supervised with Stuart Jones)

Public Interest and Research Dissemination

‘Expert’ appearance in Mystery Files: Zorro. Dir. Marc Tiley. Parthenon Entertainment, 2011. [Broadcasted internationally on the National Geographic Channel]

Florescano, Enrique and Francisco Eissa. Atlas histórico de México [Historical Atlas of Mexico]. Mexico City: Aguilar, 2008.


Research and projects