Richard Herr

Professor Emeritus


Harvard College, 1939-43. A.B., 1943

University of Paris (Sorbonne), 1945-46

Certificat d'Études supérieures d'Histoire moderne et contemporaine

Diplôme d'Études de Civilisation française

University of Chicago, 1948-52

PhD in History, 1954


Yale University

Instructor to Assistant Professor, 1952-59

University of California, Berkeley

Associate Professor to Professor of History, 1960-91

Professor of History, emeritus, l991-

École pratique des Hautes Études, Sixième section, Paris

Directeur d'Études associé, Spring 1973

Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, Santander, Spain

Profesor, August 1973

Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Spain, profesor visitante, fall l991

Other Professional Activities

Assistant Editor, Journal of Modern History, 1949-50

Editorial Board, French Historical Studies, 1966-69

Director, University of California Study Center, Madrid, Spain 1975-77

Editorial Board, Revista de Historia Económica, 1983-91

Member, American Historical Association Herbert Baxter Adams Prize Committee, 1986-89, chair 1989

Member, Spanish National Commission to Commemorate the Bicentennial of Carlos III y la Ilustración, 1987-88

Chair, Iberian Studies Group, University of California, Berkeley, 1987-91

US Information Agency Academic Specialist (in Spain), Oct. 1994

Chair, Portuguese Studies Program, University of California, Berkeley, 1994-98

Profesor invitado, Seminario de Historia de España, Fundación Duques de Soria, Soria, July 1995, July 1996

Member, Executive Board, International Institute Foundation in Spain, Inc., 1997-2000

Member, Allen Moe Prize Committee, American Philosophical Society, 1997-2009 (chair, 2003-9)

Chair, Spanish Studies Program, University of California, Berkeley 2002-05

Member, Comité d'initiative, Atelier Pierre Vilar, Paris, 2006-


Corresponding member, Real Academia de la Historia, Madrid, 1965-

Bronze medal, Collège de France, Paris, 1985

Visiting Life Member, Clare Hall, Cambridge, England, 1985-

Chancellor's Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, 1987-90

Comendador of the Order of Isabel la Católica, Spain, 1988-

Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1990-

American Historical Association Gershoy Prize for Rural Change and Royal Finances in Spain, 1990

The Berkeley Citation, University of California, Berkeley, 1991

Member, American Philosophical Society, 1993-

Doctor Honoris Causa, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Spain, 2001

Appreciation of the Society of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies for Distinguished

Contributions to North American Scholarship on Modern Iberia, Madrid, July 2003

Encomienda de Número, Orden del Mérito Civil. Spain, 2013


The Eighteenth-Century Revolution in Spain (Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1958) 

Spanish translation, España y la revolución del siglo XVIII (Madrid, Aguilar, 1964; reissued 1988)

Tocqueville and the Old Regime (Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1962)

Spain ("The Modern Nations in Historical Perspective" Series; Englewood Cliffs, NJ, Prentice Hall, 1971) 

Revised and republished as An Historical Essay on Modern Spain (Berkeley, University of California Press, 1974) 

Spanish translation, Ensayo histórico de la España contemporánea (Madrid, Pegaso, 1977)

Rural Change and Royal Finances in Spain at the End of the Old Regime (Berkeley and Los Angeles, University of California Press, 1989) 

Spanish translation, La Hacienda real y los cambios rurales en la España de finales del Antiguo Régimen (Madrid, Instituto de Estudios Fiscales, 1991)

España contemporánea (Madrid, Marcial Pons Historia, 2004) (A republication of Ensayo histórico de la España contemporánea, amended and expanded)

Our Family: The Winships and the Herrs (Self published, 2010)

Separate but Equal? Individual and Community since the Enlightenment (Berkeley, Berkeley Public Policy Press, 2016)

After the Gold Rushes Ended: The Story of Irving and Luella (Self published with Sarah Herr, 2020)

Co-author with Robert Woodmansee Herr, An American Family in the Mexican Revolution (Wilmington, Scholarly Resources, 1999)

Co-editor and contributor, Ideas in History, Essays in Honor of Louis Gottschalk, ed. R. Herr and Harold T. Parker (Durham, Duke University Press, 1965)

Editor, Memorias del cura liberal don Juan Antonio Posse, con su Discurso sobre la Constitución de 1812 (Madrid, Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas, 1984)

Co-editor and contributor, Iberian Identity: Essays on the Nature of Identity in Portugal and Spain, ed. R. Herr and John H. R. Polt (Berkeley, Institute of International Studies, University of California, 1989)

Editor and contributor, Themes in the Rural History of the Western World (Ames, Iowa State University Press, 1993)

Editor and contributor, The New Portugal: Democracy and Europe (Berkeley, University of California, International and Area Studies, 1993)

Co-editor, European Integration and American Federalism: A Comparative Perspective, ed. R. Herr and Steven Weber (Berkeley, CA, University of California, International and Area Studies, 1996)

Co-editor, Mirrors and Echoes: Women's Writing in Twentieth-Century Spain, ed. Emilie L Bergmann and R. Herr (Berkeley, University of California Press, 2007)

Co-editor and contributor, The Portuguese Republic at One Hundred, ed. R. Herr and António Costa Pinto (Berkeley, Portuguese Studies Program University of California, 2012)