Rodolfo Aguirre is Researcher at the Institute for Research and Education at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, Ciudad de México). He conducts seminars at the Graduate School of History and Pedagogy at the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature at the same university. Since 2001, he is a member of the Mexican National System of Researchers (SNI-CONACYT). His research interests include the social and political history of the Church in New Spain and the history of the Royal University of Mexico. Currently, he is responsible for the research project The Church and the socio-political formation of New Spain: parish networks, church hierarchies and social actors.