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Richard Ibarra

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Email    richardibarraucla@gmail.com
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Fields of Study

Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Spain and Italy)


My broad research interests include lay medieval and early modern religion and its manifestations in urban and rural settings as well as diaspora and immigrant merchant groups and the social and cultural role they played in their adoptive communities. I am particularly interested in the naturalization, self-representation, and integration of Italian merchants (Genoese, Florentine, Milanese, etc.) in fifteenth and sixteenth century Castile, especially in the public, commercial, and religious life of Seville and Andalucia more broadly.


“­­Burying a Saintly King and His Dynasty: Memory and Representation in Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Castile,” Comitatus 49 (2018).

Conference Presentations

“Setting Apart a Saintly King and His Dynasty: The Royal Tombs at Las Huelgas.” Presented at Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) Emerging Scholars Conference, UCLA, October 27, 2017.

“Genoese Merchants and Sixteenth-Century Spanish Naturalization: The Arguments of an Anonymous Citizen of Seville.” Presented at Early Modern Iberia (EMI) Passages Graduate Symposium, University of Pennsylvania, April 22, 2017.


Prof. Jessica Goldberg (History)

Prof. Teofilo Ruiz (History)


B.A. History & Medieval Studies, UC Santa Barbara, 2015

M.A. History, UCLA, 2017

C.Phil. History, UCLA, 2018