José Antonio Sánchez Román is assistant professor at the Facultad de Ciencias de la Información, at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He has been Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University and Fulbright Visiting Scholar and Lecturer at the Department of History at Ohio State University. His first book, La dulce crisis. Estado, empresarios e industria azucarera en Tucumán, Argentina, 1853-1914 (Sevilla, 2005) was awarded the “Nuestra América Price” in 2004. He has published many articles in prestigious international journals, such as Journal of Latin American Studies, Hispanic American Historical Review or Desarrollo Económico, and books chapters in English and Spanish. Recently he finished the manuscript of his second book, a political history of taxation in twentieth-century Argentina. He is currently engaged in a research project on the Amazon in the nineteenth century, focusing in the political dimensions of space and in the Cabanagem revolt, the bloodiest social conflict in the Americas in that century.