Ricardo Padrón

Associate Professor of Spanish
New Cabell Hall 423

Research Summary

Ricardo Padrón is an Associate Professor of Spanish who studies the literature and culture of the early modern Hispanic world, particularly questions of empire, space, and cartography.  Currently, he is completing a monograph about the transpacific imagination in sixteenth century Spanish imperialism. Provisionally entitled ReOrienting the Indies: Spain, the Pacific, and Asia, 1513-1609, the book will be published by the University of Chicago Press.  His research for this book has taken him to China, Japan, and the Philippines, and has been sponsored by U.Va.’s Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, Arts & Sciences at U.Va., and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  He has also published on early modern poetry and historiography, and on the mapping of imaginary worlds in modern times.  Prof. Padrón is an active member of the Renaissance Society of America, in which he has served as Disciplinary Representative for the Americas section, and of the Latin American Studies Association.


Ph.D., Harvard

M.A., Harvard

A.M., Chicago

B.A., University of Virginia



ReOrienting the Indies: Spain, the Pacific, and Asia, 1513-1609 (Forthcoming, U of Chicago Press).

The Spacious Word: Cartography, Literature, and Empire in Early Modern Spain (University of Chicago Press, 2004) 

Recent Articles

“Hybrid Maps: Cartography and Literature in Spanish Imperial Expansion, Sixteenth Century.”  For a volume on cartography and literature forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press.

“Mapping Without Maps: Memory and Cartography in Las Casas’s Very Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies.”  Routledge Handbook of Literature and Space, edited by Robert Tally.  New York and London: Routledge, Forthcoming, 2017.  

“The Philippines and the Body Politic: The Transpacific Cartography of Vicente de Memije” in Transpacific Engagements: Exchange, Translation, and Visual Culture in the Age of Empires, 1565–1898, Edited by Florina H. Capistrano-Baker, et. al.  Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, Forthcoming.

“(Un)Inventing America: The Transpacific Indies in Oviedo and Gómara.”  Colonial Latin American Review 25/1 (2016): 16-34.  

“Las indias olvidadas.” Terra Brasilis: Revista da Rede Brasileira de História da Geografía e Geografía Histórica 4 (2015).  https://terrabrasilis.revues.org/1141.  Accessed July 12, 2016.