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Richard Ibarra

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Richard Ibarra is interested in the construction of community (particularly in urban contexts) and the social and cultural underpinnings of integration and naturalization. His dissertation explores the decline of diasporic assimilative strategies utilized by Italian merchant families (especially from Genoa) in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Seville and how this impacted their role in the Habsburg Empire across the Western Mediterranean and the Atlantic.

Field of Study



Medieval and Early Modern European Social and Cultural History (Spain and Italy)


“To be buried in Seville: The ambiguous integration of Italian merchants, 1480-1570” Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies, 12 no. 3 (October 2020), 404-424.

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

Conference Presentations

Workshop: "Wills, Tombs, and Burial Plans: The Ambiguous Integration of Italian Merchants in Sixteenth Century Seville" Presented at the Spanish History Symposium, UC San Diego, January 18, 2020.

Workshop: “Property Dispute and Crusaders in the Letters of Ivo of Chartres.” Presented at France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies Southern France and the Latin East in the Thirteenth Century: Crusade, Networks, Exchanges, Stanford University, April 20, 2018.

Paper: “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.

Paper: “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.


Teofilo Ruiz, Stefania Tutino, Jessica Goldberg, Meredith Cohen (Art History), Rowan Dorin (History, Stanford)


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

M.A. History, UCLA, 2017

C.Phil. History, UCLA, 2018