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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
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Texas Tech University mailing address: 2910 18th Street Lubbock, TX 79409-2071

Personal Info

About Me

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 first 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.

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)
  • “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
Sixteenth through eighteenth centuries
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, Latin America, Spain
Expertise by Chronology
2, 3, 4, 6
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Gender, Indigenous Peoples, Material Culture, Race, Sexuality