Romance Studies Alumni
Ph.D. in Spanish (2016)
While at UNC, Ricardo was advised by Professor Frank Dominguez
Ph.D., Hispanic Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2016)
M.A., Romance Studies (Spanish), Duke University
B.A., Spanish & Italian, UCLA
Ricardo is a native English and Spanish speaker of Peruvian and Mexican descent from Los Angeles, California. He studies medieval and early modern literature from Spain in his dissertation, Theoretical and Practical Virtue in Francisco de Castilla’s Teórica de virtudes (1518) and Práctica de las virtudes (1518). He reintroduces the poetry of Francisco de Castilla (c.1480-c.1558) to the field and updates his legacy by providing a new biography along with chapters on the classical philosophy he used to formulate his theories, the special impact of Boethius’ imagery and ideas on Castilla’s poetry and an analysis of the practical lessons Charles V was meant to learn from Castilla’s poetry. As a part of this dissertation, he has also prepared what will be the first and only complete edition of Castilla’s works.
Ricardo has presented his research at conferences at the University of Kentucky, UCLA, Indiana University, Wake Forest University and Vanderbilt University. He most recently received a Chancellor’s Doctoral Advancement Award and a Buchan Excellence Fund Award in 2015.