Dr. Juan Carlos Sola-Corbacho

Assistant Professor of Professional Practice

juan-carlos-sola-corbachoI was born in Madrid, Spain, where I lived until the end of the last century when I decided to cross the “big lake.” Before coming to the United States I finished my BA, with majors in History and Geography, and minors in Philosophy, Art History, and Literature, at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.  I also completed my Ph.D. at the Complutense, with an award-winning dissertation on merchant families in eighteenth-century Spain and Mexico.

After brief experiences in Mexico at El Colegio Mexiquense (1994-1995), and Spain at the Universidad Complutense (1997-1999), I have been teaching in the United States since 2000: at  Centenary College of Louisiana (2000-2002), Tarrant County College (2002-2003), and Texas Christian University (2003-present). During these years my teaching interests have centered on modern Europe, with an interdisciplinary approach involving politics, culture, journalism, literature, sports, and national identities.

During the first years after finishing my Ph.D. I published several articles on family history, migration, and urban economies in Mexico and Spain in the early modern period. These include “Urban Economies in the Spanish World: The Cases of Madrid and Mexico City at the End of the Eighteenth Century,” Journal of Urban History 27:5 (2001): 604-632,Family,Paisanaje, and Migration among Madrid’s Merchants (1750-1800),”Journal of Family History 27:1 (2002): 3-24, Las ciudades de Madrid y México ante la independencia (Madrid: Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 2003), and “Familia y comercio en España y Portugal (1500-1800)” Sociedad, familia y poder en la Península Ibérica. Elementos para una Historia Comparada,  ed. Mafalda Soares da Cunha y Juan Hernández Franco (Murcia-Lisboa: Ediciones Colibrí, 2010), 173-191.

My current research is a book project on the origins of modern journalism and information networks in western Europe, which I hope will become a big hit in European and American libraries. I presented a preliminary approach to the topic titled The Politics of News in 18th Century Europe” at the 43rd American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting, held in San Antonio in March 2012.

Even after fifteen years of living in the United States, I remain devoted to Real Madrid F.C., Serrano ham, and Spanish art (from Murillo to Dali).

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