Carlos Madrid Alvarez-Piñer, born in Spain in 1976, holds a PhD cum laude in Contemporary History from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He is an associate professor of the Micronesian Area Research Center of the University of Guam, and has been its director of research since 2019.
He has conducted research projects about Micronesia, Spain, and the Philippines since 1996, and has given lectures at the University of the Philippines, Keio University of Japan, University of Guam, and in the Diplomatic School of Madrid.
Between 1999 and 2001, Madrid was a member of the board of directors of the Asociación Española de Estudios del Pacífico, and a former editor of the Revista Española del Pacífico, or the Spanish Journal of the Pacific. In 2000 to 2002, He collaborated with the Northern Mariana Islands Museum of History and Culture in Saipan, and with the Historic Preservation Office of Guam.
Madrid specializes in documentary research and popularization of history. He curated the exhibits Seraphico: The Franciscan Missionaries in the Aurora region, on permanent display in Museo de Baler in Aurora Province, Philippines; and the exhibit Belau na Sebangiol at the Belau National Museum in 2005. He is the editor of the fourth edition of the book Philippine Cartography by Carlos Quirino. He has authored numerous books, most recently The World of the Manila-Acapulco Galleons.
In 2005 and 2006, he was co-founder and editor-in-chief of Filipiniana.net, a division of Vibal Publishing House. He was Academic Coordinator of the Spanish Program for Cultural Cooperation at Instituto Cervantes in 2006 and 2007. In 2009 through 2010, he worked in the International Cultural Cooperation section of the Ministry of Culture of Spain, where he received training in cultural management. And from 2014 to 2018 he was the Director of Instituto Cervantes de Manila.
Guampedia entries authored and co-authored by Carlos Madrid
- Adventurer: William “Bully” Hayes
- Andres de Urdaneta
- Early European Observations of CHamorus
- European Colonization’s Impact on Trade in Micronesia
- Ferdinand Magellan
- Galleon: Concepción
- Galleon: Trinidad
- Galleon: Victoria
- Governor Juan Marina
- Mapping the Pacific
- Mestizo (Mestisu)
- Pedro Sanchez Pericón
- Treaty of Tordesillas
- Treaty of Zaragoza