Texas Tech University

Spanish Faculty

Dr. Sara Guengerich

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


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Biographical Info

Sara Vicuña Guengerich (M.A., Ph.D. in Spanish, University of New Mexico) is Associate Professor of Colonial Spanish American literature and history in the Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures Department, and affiliated faculty at the Women's Studies Program at Texas Tech University. She is the vice-president of GEMELA (Grupo de Estudios sobre la Mujer en España y las Américas, pre-1800). Her research and publications center on the analysis of the often-ignored discursive production of colonial subaltern subjects (women, Indians and Blacks) in colonial written sources in the context of the Spanish conquest and colonization of the Andes and its connections to the Early Modern Atlantic World. She is co-editor of The Cacicas of Spanish America, 1492-1825 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2021), and author of numerous book chapters and articles that have appeared in Colonial Latin American Review, Hispania, The Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Revista Andina, Philología Hispalensis and other journals. Her research has been supported by institutions such as the Newberry Library and the John Carter Brown Library. Her current book project, Daughters of the Inca Conquest: Inca Women Under Spanish Rule, explores the role of indigenous noblewomen in the delineation of a neo-Inca identity that was key to preserve the cohesiveness of this group during the colonial period.

Areas of Research

  • Colonial Spanish American Literatures and History
  • Indigenous Peoples of the Andes
  • Cultural and Gender studies
  • Afro-Hispanic Colonial Narratives
  • Ecocriticism in the Colonial Spanish Northern Frontier
  • Material Culture in the Trans-Atlantic Early Modern Hispanic World

Courses Commonly Taught

  • Colonial Spanish American Literatures and Cultures
  • The Women of Colonial Latin America
  • Colonial Blackness: Race and Identity in the Spanish American Colonial World
  • Introduction to Hispanic Literatures
  • The Cultural Legacy of the Andes
  • Visual Encounters: Texts and Films of the Spanish American Colonial Period
  • Intermediate Spanish Conversation
  • Study Abroad Special Topics in Spanish Language and Cultures
  • Indigenous Intellectuals in the Colonial 'Lettered City

Awards and Honors

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Long-Term Fellow, John Carter Brown Library, 2017.
  • Fellow at the Humanities Center at Texas Tech, 2015.
  • Nomination for the President's Excellence in Teaching Award, 2014.
  • Gloria Lyerla Library Memorial Fund Research Travel Grant, 2013.
  • Newberry Library Fellowship, 2010.

Selected Publications


Cacicas: The Indigenous Women Leaders of Spanish America, 1492-1825, with Margarita R. Ochoa. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2021.

Daughters of the Inca Conquest: Indigenous Elite Women in Colonial Peru. [In preparation]

 Book Chapters

“A Royalist Cacica: Doña Teresa Choquehuanca and the Postrebellion Natives of the Peruvian Highlands.” In Cacicas: The Indigenous Women Leaders of Spanish America, 1492-1825, eds. Margarita Ochoa and Sara Guengerich. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2021.

“Inca Women Under Spanish Rule." Women's Negotiations and Textual Agency in Latin America, 1500–1799. Mónica Díaz and Rocio Quispe-Agnoli, eds. New York: Routledge, 2016, pp. 106-29.

“Bolivia and Its Importance to U.S. Latino Folklore.” Celebrating Latino Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Cultural Traditions, ed. Maria Herrera-Sobek. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO Greenwood Press, 2012, pp. 121-132. 

“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.

Articles (Refereed)

“Mining the Archive: The Global Microhistory of a Peruvian Coya” Modern Philology 119.1 (2021): 61-76.

“The Inca Garcilaso on Women,” Approaches to Teaching the Works of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. New York: Modern Language Association of America [Forthcoming 2021].

“[Por] haberme cabido en suerte ser de la familia y sangre de los Incas”: Linaje, lengua y limpieza de la sangre materna en la obra del Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. Philologia Hispalensis 32.2 (2018): 117-130.

“Capac Women and the Politics of Marriage in Early Colonial Peru.” In Colonial Latin American Review 24.2 (2014): 147-167.

“Unfitting Shoes: Footwear Fashion and Social Mobility in Colonial Peru.” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 14.2. (2014): 159-185.

“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.

“The Perceptions of the Bison in the Chronicles of the Spanish Northern Frontier.” Journal of the Southwest 55.1 (2013): 251-76.

“Viceregal Fashions: Mantos, Sayas and Golden Buckles in Colonial Peru. In Monographic Review/Revista Monográfica XXV(2009): 45-70.

Book Reviews

Review of Quispe-Agnoli, Rocío. Nobles de Papel. Identidades oscilantes y genealogías borrosas en los descendientes de la realeza inca, Madrid: Iberoamericana Vervuert, 2016; and De la Puente Luna, José Carlos. Andean Cosmopolitans Seeking Justice and Reward at the Spanish Royal Court. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2018. In Colonial Latin American Review 29.1 (2020): 170-73.

Review of Boon, Jessica A., and Ronald E. Surtz, eds., and Weinerth, Nora, trans. Mother Juana de la Cruz, 1481-1534: Visionary Sermons. Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies 494. Toronto: Iter Academic Press; Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2016. In Renaissance Quarterly 70.2 (2017): pp. 731-32.

Review of Joanne Rappaport and Tom Cummins' Beyond the Lettered City: Indigenous Literacies in the Andes, Durham: Duke University Press, 2012. In Colonial Latin American Historical Review 18.1 (2012): 93.

Review of Alan Durston's Pastoral Quechua: The History of Christian Translation in Colonial Peru, 1550-1650. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2007. In Colonial Latin American Historical Review 14.2 (2007): 197.

Review of Colombi, Beatriz. Viaje intelectual: Migraciones y desplazamientos en América Latina (1880-1915) Rosario, Argentina: Ensayos Críticos, 2004. In The Colorado Review of Hispanic Studies 3 (2005): 182-84.

 Other Invited Academic Publications

“In Memoriam: María Rostworowski Tovar de Diez Canseco 1915-2016.” Colonial Latin American Review, pp. Colonial Latin American Review, 25:4 (2017): 557-558

“Los conflictos genealógicos en la república de indios: repensando el papel del género en la sucesión de los linajes.” In Estudios y Debates. Revista Andina 54 (2017): 76-79.


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