Raquel Chang-Rodríguez (Ph.D., New York University) is Distinguished Professor of Hispanic literature and culture at the Graduate Center and The City College (CCNY) of the City University of New York (CUNY), where she served as Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (1995-2000). She has held visiting posts at Colgate University as Colgate Professor of the Humanities and at Columbia University, and has taught in seminars in Spain at the Universidad de la Laguna (Santa Cruz de Tenerife), the Universidad Complutense, summer session at El Escorial, and the Universidad de Málaga, and in Germany at Philipps Universität Margburg.
A specialist in Colonial Literary Studies with emphasis on the Andean area and Mexico, Chang-Rodríguez has authored, edited and co-edited books treating the chronicles of the early contact period and native historians, as well as colonial drama and poetry. Among her books are: La apropiación del signo: tres cronistas indígenas del Perú (Arizona State University, 1988), El discurso disidente: ensayos de literatura colonial peruana (Catholic University of Peru, 1991), and Hidden Messages: Representation and Resistance in Andean Colonial Drama(1999, Bucknell University Press), La palabra y la pluma en Primer nueva corónica y buen gobierno (2005). In 2006 she coordinated Beyond Books and Borders: Garcilaso de la Vega y La Florida del Inca / Franqueando fronteras: Garcilaso de la Vega y La Florida del Inca, which appeared simultaneously in the USA and Peru. Chang-Rodríguez has published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters in journals and collections from Europe and the Americas, and has contributed to major national and international projects such as Latin American Writers(Scribner's, 1989), History of Literature in the Caribbean (John Benjamins, 1994), Diccionario Enciclopédico de las Letras de América Latina (Biblioteca Ayacucho, 1995), the Encyclopedia of Latin American History (Scribner's, 1996), Storia della civiltá letteraria ispanoamericana(Torino, UTET, 2000), and the Guide to Documentary Sources for Andean Studies, 1530-1900 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2008). In 1992 Professor Chang-Rodríguez founded Colonial Latin American Review (CLAR), the prize winning journal devoted to studying the colonial period from an interdisciplinary perspective. In recognition for her work as general editor of CLAR (1992-2003), she was selected runner-up and awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2005 international competition for best editor sponsored by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ).
Raquel Chang-Rodríguez's research projects have been supported by the Mex-Am Cultural Foundation, The Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain's Ministry of Culture and United States Universities, the New York Council for the Humanities, the Organization for American States (OAS), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) which awarded her a fellowship. Professor Chang-Rodríguez has served on the advisory board of Revista Iberoamericana, and now serves as board member of the following publications: Colonial Latin American Review, Calíope, Chasqui, Ciberletras, Hofstra Hispanic Review, Itinerarios, Review: Latin American Literature and Arts, and Revista Hostosiana. She has served twice (1985-87; 1997-2000), as President of the International Institute of Iberoamerican Literature [Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana (IILI)]. A frequent key-note speaker at conferences and symposia, Chang-Rodríguez co-anchored Charlando con Cervantes, a program of interviews with prominent personalities sponsored by CUNY-TV and the Instituto Cervantes (1995-04). She is Honorary Associate of the Hispanic Society of America, and Profesora Honoraria of the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru. Her latest research project centers on colonial poetry. She is honorary Associate of the Hispanic Society of America, Profesora Honoraria of the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima, Peru, and Doctor Honoris Causa by The National University of Athens, Greece.
Publication Report 2021
Distinguished Professor Raquel Chang-Rodríguez published the monograph: Luis Jerónimo de Oré and his “Relación” (c.1619): A Peruvian’s Account of Spanish Florida, Cervantes Institute at FAS-Harvard University, 52pp. Her essay “Voces virreinales peruanas: poesía, drama y prosa novelística, ” appeared in Libros y autores en el Virreinato del Perú. El legado de la cultura letrada hasta la independencia, Alonso Ruiz Rosas, ed., Madrid: Instituto Cervantes, 2021, 84-99 pp. The book chapter, “Weaving Gender into Royal Commentaries,” will appear in . Christian Fernández and José Antonio Mazzotti, eds., Approaches to Teaching the Works of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, New York: The Modern Languages Association of America, 2022, 130-139 . She delivered the following invited lectures via zoom: El Inca Garcilaso, Fundación Tord, Lima, Perú, 27 January 2021, and El Inca Garcilaso: viajes y libros, Florida State University, 25 March 2021, “La literatura en el virreinato del Perú,” Biblioteca Nacional del Perú, 7 April 2021. Chang-Rodríguez participated via zoom in the following international congress: "El Inca Garcilaso y el Bicentenario," 22- 23 April (Tufts University) with an illustrated presentation on “Género y justicia en Comentarios reales,” and in the 6th International Conference on the Historical Links Between Spain and the Americas (CCNY, CWE-Universidad de Alcalá) with a paper on “Los circuitos culturales de un franciscano criollo: Luis Jerónimo de Oré, de San Cristóbal de Guamanga a San Agustín de la Florida.”