José Eduardo Franco is a Full Professor of the Aberta University and Director of the CIPSH Chair for Global Studies in this institution. Currently, he coordinates the Doctoral Program in Global Studies in the Aberta University. He is a member of the Portuguese Academy of History. He has coordinated large-scale research projects such as the Historical Dictionary of Religious Orders in Portugal, The Complete Works of Father António Vieira in 30 volumes, and the Vatican Secret Archives in 3 volumes. He was awarded the Medal of Cultural Merit of the Portuguese State, and in 2018 the José Mariano Gago Prize of Science Dissemination.