Dr Francisco A. Eissa-Barroso (Mexico City, 1980) is a political historian of early modern Spanish America and the broader Spanish world. While reading for his first degree, in Political Science and International Relations at CIDE in Mexico City, he developed an interest in the history of Latin America’s early nineteenth-century political though and constitutionalism. This eventually led him to shift his focus towards the political practices and traditions of the early modern Spanish world, initially as a prerequisite for understanding the lenses through which Independence-era Latin Americans read north-Atlantic political theory, and later on its own merit. His doctoral work at the University of Warwick (PhD in History 2011) explored the changing political culture of the early eighteenth century at the heart of the Spanish Monarchy through an analysis of the reform of the system of viceregal rule across the Spanish world. His first monograph, The Spanish Monarchy and the Creation of the Viceroyalty of New Granada (1717-1739) (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2016; Open Access), explores the Trans-Atlantic dynamics behind the most salient reform introduced by the early bourbons in Spanish America. The book stresses the importance of thinking reform in the context of the changing balance of power in Spain, the geopolitical situation at the time and the hierarchical and asymmetrical nature of interactions across the empire.
Frank is currently the PI in the AHRC-funded project, Trajectories of Reform in the Spanish World: Careering, Networks and Empire under the Early Bourbons (1700-1759). The project explores how the experience of different parts of the Spanish world contributed to the development of the new ‘professional’ administrative personnel of the Spanish monarchy under the early Bourbons and to the evolution of their attitudes and ideas about the structure of the empire.
With Enrique Florescano, Frank is co-author of Atlas Histórico de México(Mexico City: Aguilar, 2008); he co-edited Early Bourbon Spanish America: Politics and Society in a Forgotten Era (1700-1759) (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2013) with Ainara Vázquez Varela, and Élites, representación y redes atlánticas en la Hispanoamérica moderna (Zamora: El Colegio de Michoacán, 2017), also with Ainara Vázquez and Silvia Espelt-Bombín. Before joining SPLAS at Manchester in 2013, Frank taught Latin American history at the University of Warwick, in the UK, and at CIDE and El Colegio de Michoacán, in Mexico.