Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Texas Tech University
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Indigenous peoples of the Andes, Women and Gender, Colonial Peru, Spanish Imperialism, Early Modern Hispanic World, Afro-Colonial narratives
Additional Contact Information
Texas Tech University mailing address: 2910 18th Street Lubbock, TX 79409-2071

Personal Info

About Me

Sara Vicuña Guengerich (M.A., Ph.D. University of New Mexico) is Associate Professor of Colonial Spanish American literatures and history in the Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures Department, and affiliated faculty at the Women’s Studies Program and the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Center at Texas Tech University. She is the president of GEMELA (Grupo de Estudios sobre la Mujer en España y las Américas, pre-1800).

As a literary historian, she aims to reconstruct the everyday experiences of a variety of historical subjects, but particularly indigenous women, some who were born into noble lines and thus retained both prestige and a variety of concrete legal claims and many who were born without the privileges of power. She includes their stories in the larger historical narrative of the global early modernities. These stories, written from below and from within their sectors, chart how indigenous people conceptualized and interpreted their status in colonial society to improve, resist and claim privileges through their involvement as litigators in court, petitioners in royal audiences and memberships of local and global networks.

She co-edited Cacicas. The Indigenous Women Leaders of Spanish America, 1492-1825 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2021), with Margarita R. Ochoa. She is the author of numerous book chapters and articles that have appeared in peer-reviewed and indexed 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: Indigenous Women Under Spanish Rule, explores the role of native women in the making of global early modern world.

Recent Publications
  • “The Inca Garcilaso de la Vega on Women.” In Approaches to Teaching the Writings of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. Christian Fernández and José Antonio Mazzotti, eds. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2022.
  • Cacicas. The Indigenous Women Leaders of Spanish America,, 1492-1825, with Margarita R. Ochoa, eds. (University of Oklahoma Press 2021)
  • “Cacicas: Las líderes indígenas de la Hispanoamérica colonial, 1492-1825”. Sección Mundus Alter, n.38, blog Los Reinos de las Indias. URL:

    (Ed. Natalia Silva Prada) (open access, peer-reviewed collaborative blog)

  • “Mining the Archive: The Global Microhistory of a Peruvian Coya” Modern Philology 119.1 (2021): 61-76.
  • [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.
  • “Los conflictos genealógicos en la República de Indios: repensando el papel del género en la sucesión de los linajes incaicos.” In Estudios y debates. Revista Andina54 (2017): 76-79.
  • “Capac Women and the Politics of Marriage in Early Colonial Peru.” Colonial Latin American Review 24.2 (2015): 147-167. Print.
  • “Unfitting Shoes: Footwear Fashion and Social Mobility in Colonial Peru.” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 14.2 (2014): 159-85. Print.
  • “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.
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Colonial Andes
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, Latin America, Spain
Expertise by Chronology
Pre-17th century, 17th century, 18th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Gender, Indigenous Peoples, Material Culture, Race, Sexuality