Juan Manuel studied history at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. He has a master's degree in history from the same university and an MA in medieval studies from CEU. He is currently a PhD candidate in medieval studies at CEU and his research deals with the way in which contemporary video games remediate medieval history in general and the crusades in particular. The dissertation explores the epistemological implications around the simulation of the crusades in digital spaces from a ludonarrative approach (meaning the intersection between historical narrative and play), and the pedagogical opportunities and limitations that this medium offers. Other of his research interests include the history of the crusades, Church history, and Biblical exegesis.