Carnegie Mellon University

Richard Maddox

Richard Maddox

Professor Emeritus


An anthropologist, also holds advanced degrees in religious studies and humanities. He has done fieldwork in Mexico, Ecuador, and primarily in Spain. His general interests are in the relation between cultural meanings and practices and the exercise of political and economic power. He is the author of the ethnographic and historical study, El Castillo: The Politics of Tradition in an Andalusian Town, which won the President's Book Award of the Social Science History Association and the Robert E. Park Award of the Urban and Community Studies Section of the American Sociological Association. More recently, he published a study of state and public culture, The Best of All Possible Islands: Seville's Universal Exposition, the New Spain, and the New Europe. His current research interests include microhistory, processes of Europeanization and globalization, the cultural politics of European liberalisms, regionalism and nationalism, and the transformation of the countryside in Spain and Europe.


Ph.D.: Stanford University, 1986


  • “Euroliberal Pastoralism and Rural Development in Southern Spain,” in Landscape, Heritage, and Conservation (Carolina Academic Press, 2010).
  • “Lived Hegemonies and Biographical Fragments: Microsteps toward a Counterhistory of the Spanish Transition from Dictatorship to Democracy,” in Small Worlds: Meaning and Method in Microhistory (The School of American Research Press, 2008).
  • The Best of All Possible Islands: Seville's Universal Exposition, the New Spain, and the New Europe (State University of New York Press, 2004).
  • “Intimacy and Hegemony in the New Europe,” in Off Stage/On Display: Intimacy and Ethnography in the Age of Public Culture, Andrew Shryock, ed. (Stanford University Press, 2004).
  • “The Politics of Space and Identity in a Europe without Borders: Cosmopolitan Liberalism, Expo '92, and Seville,” Irish Journal of Anthropology (1998).
  • “Founding a Convent in Seventeenth Century Spain: Cultural History, Hegemonic Processes and the Historical Subject,” Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice (1998).
  • “Bombs, Bikinis, and the Popes of Rock n' Roll: Reflections on Resistance, the Play of Subordinations, and Cultural Liberalism in Andalusia and Academia, 1983-1995” in Gupta and Ferguson, eds., Culture, Power, and Place: Explorations in Critical Anthropology (Duke University Press, 1997).
  • “Revolutionary Anticlericalism and Hegemonic Processes in an Andalusian Town, August 1936” American Ethnologist (1995).
  • “Culture, Schooling, and the Politics of Class Identity in an Andalusian Town,” Comparative Education Review (1994).
  • El Castillo: The Politics of Tradition in an Andalusian Town (University of Illinois Press, 1993).

Courses Taught

  • Spain and the World, 1898 to the Present
  • Europe and the World
  • Introduction to Global Studies
  • Globalizing States: Culture, Power, and Politics
  • The Global and the Local: Theory, Practice, & History in the Anthropology of Globalization

Department Member Since: 1993