Dr. Franco is a Ramón y Cajal Fellow in the Department of Art History at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) in Madrid. He received his PhD from the University of Barcelona (summa cum laude and European distinction), where he won the 2010 Best Humanities Dissertation Award. He has been a visiting scholar at the School of History and Archaeology in Rome, the Istituto Storico per il Medievo (Rome), the Warburg Institute, Johns Hopkins University, University of California, Berkeley, Harvard University and Columbia University.
Dr. Franco is the author of two books: La pintura valenciana entre 1550 y 1609 (Valencia, 2008), and Espiritualidad, reformas y arte en Valencia (1545-1609) (Barcelona, 2009). His research interests include the artistic dimensions of religious orders in the indoctrination of moriscos, the relations of the Inquisition with the visual arts, and moriscos in Spanish society and culture. He received 2016 grant from the BBVA Foundation for his current project, “The Image of Islam in Iberia.”