Rich Lizardo


Ph.D. Candidate

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 practices 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.

He has also edited, copyedited, and/or translated (from Spanish or Portuguese into English) academic articles, chapters, and monographs for various scholars. In addition to his native fluency in English and Spanish, he also maintains full proficiency in Italian and Portuguese and reading proficiency in French.

Rich is currently doing research in the archives of Madrid and Seville for his dissertation, which is tentatively titled “Worlds of Spanish Poverty: Theory and Practice from the Reformation to the Enlightenment.” It will trace the developments in the ideas and institutions that arose to address the problem of widespread poverty in early-modern Spain.


Dissertation Committee:

Antonio Feros (advisor)

Roger Chartier

Sophia Rosenfeld


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

Research Interests

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

Courses Taught

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