The Ohio State University at Newark

Alcira Dueñas

Associate Professor Dueñas is an international scholar teaching at the OSU Newark campus, and joined the Department of History in 2003. She taught for twenty years a variety of undergraduate courses in Latin American History in Colombia, and, since 1996, in the United States. She first came to the United States as a Fulbright scholar to conduct her graduate studies. A specialist in Latin American History, Colonial Latin American literature and Women’s history. Dr. Dueñas's teaching and research interests include the history of colonialism and post colonialism in Latin America and the roles of Andeans, women, and other subordinate subjects in such processes. Her teaching includes courses on Colonial and Modern Latin America, Women's history of Latin America, and modern world history. Her research explores the cultural, intellectual, and social history of the marginalized groups in Latin America, particularly in the Andean region. Her first book, published in July, 2010, by the University Press of Colorado, reconstructs the history of indigenous and mestizo intellectuals in mid and late colonial Peru, and illuminates the writing practices and social agency of Andeans in their search for social change. Dr. Dueñas has published articles in academic journals in the United States, Peru and Colombia and also chapters in edited books in the United States.

Indians and Mestizos in the "Lettered City": Reshaping Justice, Social Hierarchy, and Political Culture in Colonial Peru


Ph.D in Latin American History, The Ohio State University (2001)

BA in Economics, University of Bogotá JTL, Colombia

Areas of Expertise

Latin American History, colonial Andean ethnohistory with a focus on the formation of local indigenous knowledge, its transatlantic intertextuality, and cross-cultural dialogues

The everyday workings of the colonial “Republic of the Indians”

Indigenous history of Mexico and Central America

History of Latin America through Film

Intersections of U.S. History and Latin American History since 1823

Curriculum Vitae