A native from Perú, Rocío Quispe-Agnoli is Professor of  Hispanic Studies with a specialization in Colonial Latin American Literatures and Cultures in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University (MSU). She is a core faculty member for the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and affiliated faculty in the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program and the Program of Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities.

Since January 2020, she is the Editor in Chief of REGS/Journal of Gender and Sexuality Studies, sponsored by Romance and Classical Studies and the College of Arts & Letters.

rocio-quispe-agnoli-bioHer research interests include issues of race, ethnicity, and identity, women’s and gender studies, visual studies and circulation of images among different media, Indigenous photographers, reflections on coloniality, and television and telenovela studies.

Rocío Quispe-Agnoli is also a creative writer and has published a book of short stories. Her short fiction has earned her several awards. She is also an amateur photographer and won the 2011 MSU Global Focus Competition-People’s Choice Award. Every four years, she avidly follows the Soccer World Cup.

Areas of interest: Colonial Latin American Studies, Interdisciplinary studies, Digital Humanities, Digital Pedagogy, Visual Studies, Television Studies, Studies of Dispersion and Randomness-Postmodern condition, Science Fiction, Dark Fantasy, Postcolonial Studies and Studies of Subalternity, Indigeneity, Gender, Oral/Written, Identity and Otherness.


•  Ph.D. Hispanic Studies, Brown University (2000)
•  M.A. Hispanic Studies, Brown University (1993)
•  M.A. D.E.A. Sciences du Langage, Université de Toulouse II (1987)
  Licenciatura, Lingüística Hispánica, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (1985)
•  B.A. Lingüística y Literatura Hispánicas, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (1985)

Other Publications

Publications | Books

2017womensnegoWomen’s Negotiations and Textual Agency in Latin America, 1500-1799
Eds. Mónica Díaz & Rocío Quispe-Agnoli. New York: Routledge, 2017.
Even though women had been historically underrepresented in official histories and literary and artistic traditions, their voices and writings can be found in abundance in the many archives of the world where they remain to be uncovered. The present volume seeks to recover women’s voices and actions while studying the mechanisms through which they authorized themselves and participated in the creation of texts and documents found in archives of colonial Latin America.
Available in Routledge and Amazon.


Nobles dnobles-de-papele papel: Identidades oscilantes y genealogías borrosas en los descendientes de la realeza Inca. Madrid: Iberoamericana Vervuert, 2016.
2017 Flora Tristan Book Award, LASA-Peru Section
This book examines the oscillating identities of the colonial descendants of Inca kings in the eighteenth-century borders of the Spanish empire, by means of discursive analysis of the petitions of nobility by the Uchu Túpac Yupanqui family of Lambayeque, Perú. The unpublished manuscript of such record, classified as Mexico 2346 in Seville’s Archivo General de Indias, depicts the twelve-year legal and social journey of doña María Joaquina Uchu Inca in viceregal Mexico. The study of written and visual iconic texts reveals the history of the Uchu Túpac Yupanqui family from 1544 to 1801.
For more information, visit: “La historia de María Joaquina Uchu, una noble inca en México del siglo XVIII” Interview with Javier Torres Seoane.  In addition to Iberoamericana Vervuert, available in Libros Peruanos (Perú); Librería Sur(Perú);  and Amazon.

la-fe-andinaLa fe andina en la escritura: identidad y resistencia en la obra de Guamán Poma de Ayala.  Lima: Fondo Editorial de la Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, 2006.“This book is one of the best examples of interdisciplinary work. Discursive and Visual Semiotics, Critical textual analysis and historiographical research come together to approach the work of the distinguished Andean author of sixteenth-century Peru, don Felipe Guamán Poma de Ayala. Quispe-Agnoli observes the author’s obsession with the Spanish script and how it affects the recording and transmission of information in the Andean world. The analysis of Guamán Poma’s use of alphabetic writing in his verbal and iconic reflections of the Spanish-Andean colonial world follows. The book concludes with a reflection on the political and economic power of alphabetic writing , and the colonization of Andean record-keeping system by the Spanish script in Guamán Poma’s times” (Marcel Velázquez, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos). Available in Libros Peruanos (Perú)

2008-durmiendo-en-el-aguaDurmiendo en el agua (short fiction). Lima: Mundo Ajeno Editores, 2008. “This is R. Qespi‘s (aka R. Quispe-Agnoli) first collection of short fiction. The eight short stories in this book deal with love in multiple variants, tanathos–love’s relation with death–and children’s gaze. The characters in these stories defy in very subtle ways social rules of the dominant patriarchal hierarchy. Children (especially “niñas“) and women who fall in love, look at, remember and reconstruct theirs and the family past, who confront male power, and adults who think their lives away from what society rules as “normal” and “usual,” come together in this collection and let us know what they think, what they see, hear and feel, and their final choices.” (José Donayre, Presentación). Available in Amazon.


Publications | Invited Editor of Monographic Issues

thumb1Mirrors and Mirages: Women’s Gaze as an Artistic Topos in Hispanic LettersCo-edited with María Claudia André. Monographic issue. CIEHL-International Journal of Humanistic Studies and Literature, Vol. 22 (2015).
Monographic issue. Includes one Introduction, nine essays and one short fiction. Published by the Universidad de Puerto Rico-Humacao. Introduction “Mirrors and Mirages: Women’s Gaze in Hispanic Literature and Visual Arts” co-authored by María Claudia André and Rocío Quispe-Agnoli.


2014-letras-femWomen’s Gaze: Visual Narratives and Narrations of the Visual in the Luso-Hispanic World. Co-edited with María Claudia André. Special issue Letras Femeninas, 40.1 (Summer 2014).
This special issue seeks to explore how visual/iconic narratives from women’s authors and characters interact with their written counterparts to convey views and perceptions of the women’s experience in the Hispanic world across time. The relationship between individuals and their writings of both, their intimate and public worlds, is undoubtedly connected to their visual experiences and what Nicholas Mirzoeff calls “visual practices.” Articles in this special issue bring visual art analysis and literary studies together by showing the interrelation between the visual image, the ‘ars rhetorica’ and written texts that either depart from visual images or are used for the production of iconic images and imagery.

Beyond the Convent Walls/Más alla del convento
 Monographic issue CIEHL-International Journal of Humanistic Studies and Literature, Vol 5 (2005-2006).
This collection of articles on colonial women’s studies beyond the convent walls, has a special focus on women’s daily lives and challenges in Spanish America. It includes 10 essays in addition to an introduction by the editor, “Más allá del convento: voces femeninas coloniales y desafíos diarios en Hispanoamérica.”


  1. “Picturing Others: Indigenous Photography, (Self)Portraits, Preservation, and Epistemic Disobedience.” Multilingual and Multicultural Intersections Collaborative Grant, College of Arts & Letters, Michigan State University (2017-2018). In collaboration with scholars from French and Francophone Studies, Art History, American Indian Studies, African Studies.

  2. “From Coyas to Doñas: Inka Noblewomen and the Making of the Colonial Archive” (book-project supported by a HARP-Development (Humanities and Arts Research Program), Michigan State University (2017-2019).

  3. Research Fellow, En los bordes del archivo: escrituras periféricas en los virreinatos de las Indias. Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad de España. Coord. Esperanza López Parada (U Complutense de Madrid) & Judith Farré Vidal (CSIC). Project: “The viceregal correspondence of Titu Cusi Yupanqui (1560-1571).”

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

2020-07-15 • 7:00 PM Lima, Perú (8:00 PM EST) #Facebooklive Biblioteca Nacional del Perú.  “De Cristóbal Colón a Supay: los silencios ambivalentes de Guamán Poma”
#ProgramaLiteraturaPeruana: https://twitter.com/QuispeAgnoli/status/1280695738717081600

2020-08-18, 6:00 PM Buenos Aires, Argentina  (5:00 PM EST) #Zoom Instituto de Literatura Hispanoamericana, Grupo de Estudios Coloniales, Universidad de Buenos Aires. “Hablando desde/en el archivo colonial: voces femeninas de los Andes (s. XVI-XVIII).


Latin American Studies Association
Asociación de Estudios de Género y Sexualidades
Asociación Internacional de Peruanistas
Grupo de Estudios sobre la Mujer en España y las Américas (1300-1800).
Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana

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