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Dr. Francisco A. Eissa Barroso

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Education

2007-2010 PhD in History, University of Warwick, UK ‘Politics, political culture and policy making: the reform of viceregal rule in the Spanish world under Philip V (1700-1746)’
2006-2007 MA (by Research) in History, University of Warwick, UK ‘Political culture in the Spanish Crisis of 1808: Mexico City’s experience’
1999-2003 Licenciatura (BA) in Political Science and International Relations, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), Mexico ‘El poder moderador en América Latina: el fracaso de una alternativa de diseño constitucional [The idea of a moderating power in Latin America: the failure of an alternative constitutional design]’

Professional employment

2013- Lecturer in Latin American History University of Manchester, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
2012-2013 CONACyT Posdoctoral Fellow El Colegio de Michoacán, Centro de Estudios Históricos
2011-2012 Teaching Fellow in Latin American History University of Warwick, School of Comparative American Studies and Department of History
2010-2011

2008-2009

Hourly-paid lecturer University of Warwick, School of Comparative American Studies and Department of History
2010-2011 IAS-Santander Early Career Fellow University of Warwick, Institute of Advanced Study
2011 Hourly-paid tutor University of Manchester, School of Arts, Histories and Cultures
2007-2009 Academic mentor University of Warwick, Disability Services
2008 Hourly-paid tutor University of Warwick, Language Centre
2006 Research Assistant Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), Department of Political Studies
2006 External lecturer CIDE, Department of History
2003-2006 Research Assistant Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología - Mexico (CONACyT), Sistema Nacional de Investigadores

Publications

Edited volumes

  • F. A. Eissa-Barroso and A. Vázquez Varela (eds). Early Bourbon Spanish America. Politics and Society in a Forgotten Era. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2013.

Peer-reviewed articles and book chapters

  • '"The honor of the spanish nation": Military officers, Mediterranean campaigns and American government". In F. A. Eissa-Barroso and A. Vázquez Varela (eds.), Early Bourbon Spanish America. Politics and Society in a Forgotten Era. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2013. Pp. 39-60
  • '"Of Experience, Zeal and Selflessness". Military Officers as Viceroys in Early Eighteenth Century Spanish American.' The Americas. XLVIII.3 (January, 2012): 317-345.
  • ‘The Illusion of Disloyalty: Rumours, Distrust, and Antagonism, and the Charges Brought Against the Viceroy of New Spain in the Autumn of 1808’. Hispanic Research Journal. XI.1 (February, 2010): 25-36.
  • ‘Mirando hacia Filadelfia desde Anáhuac: La Constitución estadounidense en el Congreso Constituyente mexicano de 1823-24’ [‘Looking towards Philadelphia from Anahuac: the Constitution of the United States of America and Mexico’s 1823-24 Constituent Congress’]. Política y Gobierno. XVII.1 (1st semester, 2010): 97-125.

Book reviews

  • ‘Hensel, Silke (ed.) (2011) Constitución, poder y representación. Dimensiones simbólicas del cambio político en la época de la independencia mexicana. Iberoamericana – Vervuert (Madrid) 462 pp. $44.00 pbk’. Bulletin of Latin American Research. XXXII.4 (October 2013): 493-494
  • ‘Rosenmüller, Christoph (2008) Patrons, Partisans, and Palace Intrigues. The Court Society of Colonial Mexico, 1702-1710, University of Calgary Press (Calgary, AL) x + 278 pp. £20.99 pbk’. Bulletin of Latin American Research. XXIX.3 (July 2010): 403-405.
  • ‘Felipe Garrido, “Compartir el poder. La lucha por la democracia en México. Una breve historia contada a los jóvenes”. México, Océano, 2006, 104 p.’, Política y Gobierno. XIV.2 (2nd semester, 2007): 565-568.
  • ‘El Supremo Poder Conservador: ¿poder moderador o tribunal constitucional? Reseña de "El Supremo Poder Conservador" de David Pantoja Morán’. istor. 23 (Winter 2005): 160-163.

Other academic publications

  • ‘El Abate, el Consejo y el Virreinato: la política cortesana y la primera creación del virreinato de Nueva Granada (1717-1723)’, in Francisco Fernández Beltrán and Lucía Casajús (eds.), España y América en el Bicentenario de las Independencias. I Foro Editorial de estudios Hispánicos y Americanistas: 21-23 de abril de 2010, Paraninfo de la Universitat Jaume I de Catellón, España (Castelló de la Plana: Publicaciones de la Universitat Jaume I / Universidad de Cádiz / Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca / Universidad de Deusto / Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 2012), pp. 293-314.
  • Annino, Antonio and Rafael Rojas with collaboration from Francisco A. Eissa-Barroso. La Independencia. Los libros de la patria [Independence. The Books of the Fatherland]. Mexico City: CIDE / Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2008.

Public interests 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. [Reprinted 2009, 2010].

Selected conference papers

  • 'Military officers as provincial governors and captains-general in early eighteenth-century Spanish America'. 2012 Annual Meeting of the Society for Latin American Studies, Sheffield, 18-20 April 2012.
  • ‘“The Council must have been confused”: court politics and the second creation of the viceroyalty of New Granada, 1734-1739’. 42nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, Lisbon, 30 June-3 July 2011.
  • ‘Them who “restored the honour of the Spanish nation”: Spanish officers in Italian campaigns and American government under Philip V’, Spanish America in the Early Eighteenth Century: New Perspectives on a Forgotten Era, University of Warwick, 15-16 April 2011.
  • ‘The Abbot, the Council, and the Viceroyalty: Court Politics and the First Creation of the Viceroyalty of New Granada, 1717-23’. 2011 Annual Meeting of the Conference on Latin American History / 125th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Boston MA, 6-9 January 2011.
  • ‘Between New Granadan accusations and Court Politics: the suppression of the first viceroyalty of New Granada in 1723’. Latin American History: A Research Student Workshop, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, 21 June 2010.
  • ‘El abate, el consejo y el virreinato: la política cortesana y la primera creación del virreinato de Nueva Granada (1717-1723)’. 1er Foro Editorial de Estudios Hispánicos y Americanistas, Universitat Jaume I, Castelló de la Plana, Spain, 21-23 April 2010 (paper read in my absence).
  • ‘“To represent the royal person”. Viceroys and captains-general in the Spanish world under Philip V’. 2010 Annual Conference of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland, King’s College, University of London, 12-14 April 2010.
  • ‘A viceroy's magic touch: natural resources, economic development, and the calls for the creation of a viceroyalty in New Granada, 1708-1738’. Defining resources in the Americas: policies and politics, Newcastle University, 14 March 2010.
  • ‘“The people”, “necessity” and “general usefulness”: the political language and dynamics of the overthrow of Viceroy José de Iturrigaray’. Forceful Negotiations: The origins of the Pronunciamiento in Nineteenth-Century Mexico, University of St Andrews, 20-22 June 2008.
  • ‘The Illusion of Disloyalty: Rumours, Distrust and Antagonism in the Charges Brought against the Viceroy of New Spain in the Fall of 1808’. 2008 Annual Conference of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland, University of Sheffield, 25-27 March 2008.
  • ‘A view of Philadelphia from Anahuac: The Constitution of the United States of America in the 1823-24 Mexican Constituent Congress’. Latin American Studies Association's XXVII International Congress, Montreal, 5-8 September 2007.
  • ‘Turning a representative junta into a failed attempt at independence: the use of pre- and post-coup sources in writing the history of Mexico City's experience of the Spanish crisis of 1808’. Perception, Depiction and Description: Writing history, University of Glasgow, 18-19 May 2007.
  • ‘¿Los orígenes de la Independencia de México? Reevaluando las fuentes para escribir la historia de la crisis de 1808 en la Ciudad de México’. 2nd AlBan Conference - Grenoble 2007, Grenoble Universités, 11-12 May 2007.

Conference and panel organisation

  • ‘Politics, power and culture: colonial Latin American history in 21st-century Britain’. Three-session panel co-organised with Dr. Silvia Espelt Bombín and Dr Ainara Vázquez Varela, accepted for Society of Latin American Studies Annual Conference 2012, Sheffield, 18-20 April 2012.
  • ‘The multiple faces of republicanism: democracy, constitutionalism and popular politics in the Hispanic world, 1824-1873’, University of Warwick, 20 January 2012. International symposium co-organised with Dr. Guy Thomson and Dr. Jordi Roca Vernet.
  • ‘Spanish America in the early eighteenth century: new perspectives on a forgotten era’, University of Warwick, 15-16 April 2011. International symposium co-organised with Dr. Ainara Vázquez Varela.
  • ‘Atlantic Discourses: Politics, Science, and Identities in Eighteenth-Century Spanish America’. Panel accepted for the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Conference on Latin American History / 125th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Boston MA, 6-9 January 2011.
  • ‘Beyond Modernity: How are we writing the Political History of the Spanish World in the Middle Period?’, University of Warwick, 07 March 2009. International conference co-organised with Ms. Andrea Cadelo Buitrago.

Selected grants and awards

  • Candidato del Sistema Nacional de Investigadores, CONACyT, Mexico, 2014-2017. Early Career Member of Mexico's National Researchers' System.
  • Estancia Posdoctoral Vinculada al Fortalecimiento de la Calidad del Posgrado Nacional, CONACyT, Mexico, 2012-13. Postdoctoral Fellowship held at the Centro de Estudios Históricos of El Colegio de Michoacán.
  • Research Grant, Joint Initiative for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean, 2011-2012. Research funding for the project ‘Military officers and provincial governance in early eighteenth-century Spanish America’.
  • IAS-Santander Early Career Fellowship, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick. 10/2010-03/2011.
  • Roberts’ Fund for Researchers, Learning and Development Centre, University of Warwick. Funding towards the organisation of an international symposium, 2011.
  • Conferences and Events Grant, Society for Latin American Studies, 2011.
  • Warwick Postgraduate Research Scholarship, Graduate School, University of Warwick. Doctoral scholarship covering fees at the Home/EU rate and maintenance, 2007-2010.
  • Overseas Research Student Award, Graduate School, University of Warwick. Doctoral scholarship covering the difference between International and Home/EU rate fees, 2007-2010
  • Estímulo a la excelencia académica, Fundación de Asistencia Privada Alberto y Dolores Andrade, Mexico City. Postgraduate research expenses grant, 2006-2010.
  • Santander Research Grant Fund, University of Warwick. Funding towards covering the expenses of an archival research trip to Spain, 2010.
  • Conferences and Events Grant, Society for Latin American Studies, 2009.
  • Conference Grant, American Studies and Student Exchange Committee, University of Warwick, 2008-2009.
  • Beca para estudios de postgrado en el extranjero, CONACyT, Mexico. MA scholarship covering full fees, 2006-2007.
  • AlBan Programme Master’s Award, Latin American High Level Scholarship Programme (AlBan), European Union. MA maintenance scholarship, 2006-2007.
  • Beca Sempra Energy-CIDE, CIDE, Mexico City. Prize for the highest GPA of a final-year undergraduate, 2003.
  • Beca de Excelencia tipo A, CIDE, Mexico City. Full undergraduate scholarship covering fees and maintenance, 1999-2003.

Research

My research has focused on three main areas of the political history of the Spanish world: the presence of foreign influences in early independent Latin American constitutional design; the interaction between global and local tensions during the Spanish imperial crisis of 1808; and imperial governance in the early modern Spanish world, with particular emphasis on the dynamics and institutions of viceregal rule and the role of military officers as governmental officials. Throughout my work I understand ‘the political’ in a broad sense and favour an approach that incorporates elements of traditional political history, the history of political culture, institutional and legal history and the history of political thought.

Work carried out in the final stages of my undergraduate studies and immediately afterwards addressed constitutional design in early nineteenth-century Latin America. My undergraduate dissertation ‘El poder moderador en América Latina’, which focused on the use of the theory of the moderating power in the Mexican and Brazilian constitutions of 1836 and 1824, the review of David Pantoja Moran’s El Supremo Poder Conservador, and ‘Mirando hacia Filadelfia desde Anáhuac’, which studies the knowledge of the US constitution possessed by Mexican congressmen in 1823-24, represent the main outputs in this area.

Research undertaken for my MA focused primarily on the Spanish imperial crisis of 1808. My MA thesis ‘Political culture in the Spanish Crisis of 1808’ revisits the way in which Spain’s political and dynastic crisis was received and dealt with in Mexico City. It highlights the centrality of New Spain in the Spanish Caribbean and the wider Spanish empire, the politics and relations of the city’s elites, and the crisis management mechanisms implemented by colonial authorities, while arguing that the coup of 15-16 September, often identified as the starting point in New Spain’s search for independence was brought about by the unjustified fears of certain colonial officials and the specific interests of the Junta of Seville. ‘The Illusion of Disloyalty’ and ‘“The Authorities and the Most Respectable People”’, are further outcomes of this project.

My doctoral thesis, ‘Politics, political culture and policy making’, explores the evolution of Spanish viceregal rule, both in Europe and the Americas, focusing on institutional reforms, changing personnel and political culture as manifestations of the transition from a judicial to an administrative monarchy. It emphasises the role of court politics, changing ideas about the role of the monarch, and the challenges and opportunities presented by civil and international conflict. '"Of Experience, Zeal and Selflessness"’, ‘“The Honour of the Spanish Nation”’ and the edited volume Early Bourbon Spanish America are the first outputs of this project which I expect to continue with the article ‘The Suppression of Viceregal Rule’ and the monograph The Spanish Monarchy and the Creation of the Viceroyalty of New Granada.

My current research, the JISLAC funded project ‘Military officers and provincial governance in early eighteenth-century Spanish America’, studies the profiles and careers of men appointed to 27 Spanish American captaincies-general and governorships between 1700 and 1746. It follows on from my study of viceroys appointed during this period and engages with recent historiography on the ‘militarisation’ of high government offices in early Bourbon Spain. Preliminary conclusions suggest strong parallels between reforms introduced on both sides of the Atlantic and contribute to challenging the image of early Bourbon Spanish America as a period in which reforms introduced were limited and pale by comparison with those introduced after 1763. The conference paper ‘“Having Served in the Troops”’ and a database of Spanish American governors soon to be made available online are the first outputs from this project.

Academic teaching experience

Undergraduate teaching

I have lectured, led seminar groups and convened team-taught core modules, as well as designed and taught second and final year individually taught options. I have experience marking both formative and summative work and providing both written and verbal feedback through individual tutorials. I have also set examination papers and supervised undergraduate dissertations.

Most of my teaching has concentrated on the history of Latin America, with particular emphasis on the colonial and early independent period. But I have also been involved in teaching early modern European history, Mexican history and Latin American literature.

At the University of Warwick I have taught or contributed to the following modules:

  • AM101: Latin America: Themes and Problems. Team-taught, 1st year core module (Comparative American Studies), 1st and 2nd year option (History). Convenor (2011-12); Lecture and seminar tutor (2011-12; 2010-11; and 2008-09)
  • AM103: Comparative History and Literature of the Americas. Team-taught, 1st year core module (CAS). Lecture tutor (2011-12)
  • AM209: Pre-Columbian and Spanish America. Individually taught, 2nd year option (CAS and History). Module tutor (2011-12)
  • AM402: Imperialism and Independence in Spanish America, 1763 to 1826. Individually taught, final year advanced option (CAS and History). Module tutor (2011-12)
  • HI203: The European World, 1500-1750. Team-taught, second year core module (History). Lecture tutor (2011-12; 2010-11)
  • HI203: The European World, 1500-1750 / Language for Historians. Team-taught, second year core module (History). Second marker for Spanish (2008-09)
  • LL106: Spanish for English and Joint Honours Students / Introduction to reading Latin American poetry. Team-taught, option module (Language Centre). Seminar tutor (2007-08)

At the University of Manchester I taught the following module:

  • HIST20882: Economic and social history of Latin America, c.1800-2000. Team-taught, 2nd year option (History). Seminar tutor (Autumn 2011)

At CIDE I taught the following module:

  • Mexican History I (c. 1700-1900). Individually taught, 1st year core module. Teaching contribution: module tutor (Spring 2006)

Postgraduate teaching

I have contributed to team-taught core modules and marked assessed work at the MA level. I have experience designing seminar sessions, preparing reading lists and leading seminar discussion.

At the University of Warwick I have taught in the following module:

  • HI923: Race in the Americas: Themes and Problems. Team-taught, core module (MA in the History of Race in the Americas). Seminar session tutor (2011-12)

Administrative service

2012 Selection committee, School of Comparative American
Studies, University of Warwick
Member of the short-listing and interview panel
for a postgraduate tutor appointment
2011-2012 Americas Research Seminar, Department of History /
Humanities Research Centre, University of Warwick
Convenor
2011-2012 ERASMUS Selection Panel, Department of History,
University of Warwick.
Interviewer for Spanish destinations
2007-2011 Latin American History Reading Group, Department of
History, University of Warwick
Co-founder and convenor
10/2007-09/2010 History Postgraduate Staff-Student Liaison Committee,
Department of History, University of Warwick
PhD representative (2007-08; 2008-09; 2009-10); Chair (2008-09); SSLC representative at the meetings of the History Department Postgraduate Committee on several occasions.

Membership of learned societies

  • Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies.
  • Conference on Latin American History.
  • Latin American Studies Association.
  • Society for Latin American Studies.