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Richard Salvucci, Ph.D.

"Se vive, se sufre, se aprende." ("Live and learn, but it hurts.")

- Richard Salvucci, Ph.D.

I started teaching at Villanova University in Economics in 1978. I went to the University of California at Berkeley in 1980 - in Mexican History- was tenured there, and remained until 1989. I have done visiting stints at University of Texas - Austin and at Harvard.

Selected Publications

  • "The Lizardi Brothers: A Mexican Family Business and the Expansion of New Orleans, 1825-1846" (with Linda K Salvucci) (forthcoming Fall 2016 in Journal of Southern History)
  • "Economic Cycles" in Joseph Miller, ed., The Princeton Companion to Atlantic History (Princeton University Press, 2014)
  • "Oil Boom Does Not Equal Progress" Austin American Statesman, July 21, 2014
  • "Lessons in Free Markets, Self-Interest Flow at Gas Station," Houston Chronicle, July 1, 2014
  • "Commentary: Open Forum on Jeremy Adelman’s Biography of Albert Hirschman," Hispanic American Historical Review, March 3, 2014
  • "Capitalism and Dependency in Latin America," in Jeffrey Williamson and Larry Neal, (eds.) The Cambridge History of Capitalism (2014, 2 vols., Cambridge University Press)
  • "Jimmy Haslip: Former Yellowjacket Creating a New Buzz, " All About Jazz (June 19, 2014) currently 7,909 views
  • "Catching Up With the Four Freshman: Tradition and Innovation in the Twenty First Century," All About Jazz (February 28, 2014) currently 6,635 views
  • "Politics and Markets in Mexico's London Debt, 1823-1887", Cambridge University Press, 2009; paperback edition, 2013.
  • "Santa Anna Never Had An iPhone: Some Thoughts on the Price of Peace and the Financial Misfortunes of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848," The Journal of the Historical Society, 9:1 (2009), pp. 57-86.
  • "Export-Led Growth, 1870-1930," in Victor Bulmer Thomas et al., The Cambridge Economic History of Latin America (2 vols., Cambridge University Press, 2006), 2: pp. 249-292.
  • "Textiles and Capitalism in Mexico: An Economic History of the Obrajes, 1539-1840," (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 19871987; paperback 2014) [published in Spanish as Textiles y capitalismo en México: una historia econόmica de los obrajes, 1539-1840 (Mexico, Alianza Editorial, 1992)].

Grants & Awards

  • Elected (2016) Corresponding Member Academia Mexicana de la Historia
  • Plenary Speaker, Christopher Lasch Memorial Lecture, at the biennial meeting of The Historical Society, Baltimore, 2008
  • Peggy Rockefeller Visiting Scholar, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University, Spring 2006
  • Co-Recipient [with Linda K. Salvucci], 2001 Conference on Latin American History Prize (Best Article), for “Cuba and the Latin American Terms of Trade,” in The Journal of Interdisciplinary History

Personal Interests

I am a dual national (Italy/United States). In another life, I played jazz trumpet. I will again, some day, "si Dios quiere."