José-Juan López-Portillo was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellows at the IPLAI’s ‘Early Modern Conversions’ project from 2013-2015. As of October 2015 he will be working as a visiting professor at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City. His work at the EMC concentrated on the role of ‘cultural intermediaries’ in making the global interactions that facilitated conversion in the Spanish Empire. He will expose some of his findings in a chapter for the EMC’s first publication entitled Performing Conversion: Urbanism, Theatre, and the Transformation of the Early Modern World. José-Juan read Ancient and Modern History at New College in the University of Oxford and graduated with a first class degree. In 2012 he was awarded a PhD from Queen Mary, University of London with a dissertation entitled: ‘Another Jerusalem’: Political Legitimacy and Courtly Government in the Kingdom of New Spain 1535-1568’, which will be published in 2016. He has edited and wrote an introduction for a volume in the VARIORUM/ASHGATE series The Expansion of Latin Europe, 1000-1500, which was published in 2014. He has also been commissioned to write a general History of the Spanish Empire for I.B. Tauris due before 2017. José-Juan has teaching experience in the UK, USA, Canada and Mexico and he maintains a long-standing involvement in Global History.