Spanish Faculty

Dr. Sara Guengerich

Associate Professor of Spanish
Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 2009


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Biographical Info

A native of Bolivia, Sara Vicuna Guengerich (M.A., Ph.D. in Spanish, University of New Mexico, 2004, 2009) is Assistant Professor of Colonial Latin American literature and history in the Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures. Professor Guengerich teaches a variety of courses in literature, culture and Spanish American colonial discourses. Her fields of expertise are the representations of indigenous women in colonial texts and the early history of the Andes.Her research centers on the analysis of the often-ignored discursive productions of colonial women, particularly, indigenous women, in the context of the Spanish conquest and colonization of Peru.

She has published articles in Colonial Latin American Review, Hispania, the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, the Journal of the Southwest and Monographic Review. Her research has received funding from the Newberry Library as well as numerous internal grants towards a book-length manuscript that compares various types of archival documents and literary sources to reexamine key moments of the conquest and colonization of the Andes from the perspective of indigenous women. Dr. Guengerich's research also explores the narratives of people of African descent in the Early Modern Ibero-Atlantic World, fashion in colonial discourses and indigenous literatures of the Andes.

Prizes and Honors

CMLL faculty and as an academic department have received numerous awards, spanning excellence in research, excellence in teaching, and service to university students. Some recent examples for Dr. Sara Guengerich include:

  • Nomination for the President’s Excellence in Teaching Award, 2014
  • Gloria Lyerla Library Memorial Fund Research Travel Grant, 2013
  • Nomination for the Hemphill Wells New Professor Excellence in Teaching Award, 2011
  • Newberry Library Fellowship, 2010

Courses Commonly Taught

  • Spanish American colonial literatures and cultures
  • Introduction to Hispanic literatures
  • The Cultural Legacy of the Andes
  • Latin American Short Story
  • Intermediate Spanish Conversation

Areas of Research

  • Spanish American colonial literatures and history
  • Indigenous peoples of the Andes
  • Cultural and Gender studies
  • Afro-Hispanic narratives from colonial archival documents
  • Ecocriticism in the narratives of the Spanish Northern Frontier
  • Fashion in the Trans-Atlantic Early Modern Hispanic World

Selected Publications

  • "Capac Women and the Politics of Marriage in Early Colonial Peru." Colonial Latin American Review. [Forthcoming 2014].
  • "Unfitting Shoes: Footwear Fashion and Social Mobility in Colonial Peru." Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies [Forthcoming 2014].
  • "Daughters of the Inca Conquest: Native Women in Spanish Colonial Probanzas." Uncovering the Colonial Archive: Women’s Textual Agency in Spanish America, 1500-1800, eds. Rocío Quispe-Agnoli and Mónica Díaz. [Forthcoming in 2014].
  • “Virtuosas y Corruptas: La mujer indígena en las obras de Guaman Poma de Ayala y el Inca Garcilaso de la Vega.” Hispania. A Journal Devoted to the Teaching of Spanish and Portuguese 96.4 (2013): 672-83. Print.
  • "The Perceptions of the Bison in the Chronicles of the Spanish Northern Frontier." Journal of the Southwest 55.1 (2013): 251-76. Print.
  • “Viceregal Fashions: Mantos, Sayas and Golden Buckles in Colonial Peru.” Monographic Review/Revista Monográfica XXV (2009): 45-70. Print.
  • “Paula de Eguiluz: The Witchcraft Trials of a Black Woman in Colonial Cartagena de Indias.” Afro-Latino Voices: Documentary Narratives from the Early Modern Iberian World, ed. Kathryn McKnight and Leo Garofalo. Cambridge: Hackett Publishing Company, 2009, pp. 175-193. Print.
  • “Bolivia and Its Importance to U.S. Latino Folklore.” Encyclopedia of Latino Folklore, ed. Maria Herrera-Sobek. Connecticut: Greenwood Press. Vol 1, 2012. 121-132. Print.