Paul Hiltpold

Paul Hiltpold



  • Imperial Spain
  • Early Modern Europe
  • Social and Religious History
  • Director, Cal Poly in Spain Program

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. University of Texas (Austin) (1981)

Research Interests

I specialize in the social history of Spain (1450-1600) with an emphasis on urban history and religious development; I have published articles on early-modern European government and society, economy, and paternal policies.  I have delivered papers and reviewed books on the European Witch-Hunts as well.  I am currently beginning study on early Christianity as an off-shoot of my study of the Protestant Revolution and the Witch-Hunts.

Awards and Honors

  • Member and Officer of the Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies
  • Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellow (1982-3)
  • National Endowment of the Humanities Fellow (3 occasions)
  • 12 Outstanding Teaching Awards (including College Teacher of the Year at both Cal Poly and Oklahoma State)

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • “Noble Status and Urban Privilege: Burgos, 1572,” The Sixteenth Century Journal 12 (1981)): 21-44.
  • “Politica paternalista y orden social en la Castilla del Renacimiento,” Cuadernos de la Investigacion Historica, Brocar (University of Zaragoza) 13 (1987): 129-140.
  • “The Price, Production, and Transportation of Grain in Early Modern Castile,” Agricultural History, 63 (1989): 73-91.
  • “Instituciones sociales de una ciudad renacentista,” Primer Congreso Hispano-Norteamericano-Luso de Historiadores (Madrid, Spain, 1985).
  • “Royal Receptions, Prestige, and Power in Sixteenth Century Burgos,” SSPHS Conference (San Diego, 1999).
  • “The Witch-Hunt in Spain: Skepticism and Gender,” SSPHS Conference (Madrid, Spain, 2003).


  • HIST 110: Western Civilization I
  • HIST 210: World Civilization I
  • HIST 452: Renaissance and Reformation Europe
  • HIST 453: Religious Wars and Absolutism
  • HIST 454: The Age of Revolution and Napoleon
  • HIST 441: Imperial Spain
  • HIST 306: The Witch-Hunt in Europe
  • HUM 310: The Culture of Spain
  • HIST 506: Primitive Christianity; Imperial Spain

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