My research integrates the theoretical perspectives of literature, cultural studies and anthropology in the study of Andean literatures and cultures. In addition to my research on Quechua oral traditions and poetry, my work also focuses on aesthetic representations of colonial and contemporary Quechua resistance in film, literature, and visual art.
Additionally, my research offers a wide-ranging cultural commentary on the roles played by food and cooks in Andean literature and culture. My book, Food, Power, and Resistance in the Andes: Exploring Quechua Verbal and Visual Narratives (Lexington Books, 2011), is an interdisciplinary study of the ways in which the symbolic and pragmatic meanings of food influence access to power and provide the possibility of resistance in the Andes. My research argues that cooking often provides Quechua women with a discursive space for achieving economic self-reliance, creative expression, and for maintaining socio-cultural identities and practices.
I have also published articles on representations of “supernatural” beings in Quechua oral traditions, and on the cultural and political challenges faced by Quechua sheepherders working in the western U.S. My current research project explores creole defenses against anti-wet nurse satires and social reforms in eighteenth-century Lima and México City.
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Maryland (2006). Primary concentration: Andean Studies/Twentieth-century Spanish American literature; Secondary concentrations: Brazilian literary and cultural studies, Ethnomusicology
M.A., Comparative Literature, University of Maryland (2002), Andean Studies/Twentieth-century Spanish American literature
Certificate of Proficiency in Advanced Quechua Language Study, Instituto Bartolomé de las Casas at Cuzco, Perú (2001)
B.A., Comparative Literature and Spanish & Portuguese Languages and Literatures, University of Washington at Seattle (2000)
Department of Languages and Literatures
University of Denver
2000 E. Asbury Ave. MSC 0931
Denver, CO 80208-0931