Manuel Lucena-Giraldo (Madrid, 1961) is Senior Research Fellow in the Spanish Council for Scientiﬁc Research and Associate Professor in IE University. He was Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, Lecturer BOSP in Stanford University and Visiting Professor at Tufts University, Javeriana University (Bogotá, Colombia), IVIC (Venezuela), Colegio de México, University of the Andes (Colombia, Chile) and St. Antony´s College (Oxford). His publications include a number of books on travels, scientific expeditions, cities, images of nations, empires and globalization. More recently he was editor of “Polyphonic History”. His last book is “82 Objects that Made a Country. A History of Spain”. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of “National Geographic” in Global History and a contributor of “The Oxford Illustrated History of the World”.