Rich Lizardo

Ph.D. Candidate

M.A., History, University of Pennsylvania, 2018
B.A., History (Honors), Yale University, 2015


Rich Lizardo is a Ph.D. candidate who focuses on the history of early-modern Spain. He received his B.A. in History at Yale University and his M.A. here at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include the study of poverty, charity, and poor laws; theories and practies of punishment; Spanish empire and colonialism; national, cultural, religious, and ethnic identities; and intellectual, religious, and cultural history. Rich has presented conference papers on gendered violence in the laws and literature of Spain’s “Golden Age” of the seventeenth century, on labor and economic reform of the Spanish Enlightenment of the eighteenth century, and on intellectual responses to the “Hispano-American problem” of the nineteenth century. His dissertaion will focus on the ideas and institutions developed to address Spanish poverty from the Reformation to the Enlightenment.

Dissertation Committee:

Antonio Feros (advisor)

Roger Chartier

Sophia Rosenfeld

Research Interests: 

Early-modern Spain; Spanish empire; intellectual history; religious history; poverty, charity, and poor laws; theories and practices of punishment; national, cultural, religious, and ethnic identities

Courses Taught: 

HIST 118: The Rise and Fall of the Spanish Empire (T.A., Spring 2018)
HIST 070: Colonial Latin America (T.A., Fall 2018)