Remembering Alfonso Quiroz

Alfonso QuirozAlfonso W. Quiroz (1956-2013) earned a bachelor’s degree at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (1980) and a doctorate degree at Columbia University (1986). He was a professor at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (1986-2012). He received prestigious fellowships: Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung (1990, 2010); Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2002); Fulbright (2003); Guggenheim (2008), among others.
Quiroz was devoted to producing cutting-edge scholarship on the economic history of Latin America. His last book Corrupt Circles: Costs of Unbound Graft in Peru (Woodrow Wilson Center and Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008) was published in Spanish in 2013 as Historia de la corrupción en el Perú (IEP-IDL). Throughout his career he published numerous articles on Peruvian colonial and modern credit, and Cuban nineteenth-century corruption, education, and socioeconomic repression. He co-edited Cuban Counterpoints: The Legacy of Fernando Ortiz (Paradigm, 2005) and The Cuban Republic and José Martí: Reception and Uses of a National Symbol (Paradigm, 2006) based on papers presented at two conferences organized by the Bildner Center. Alfonso Quiroz received prestigious fellowships: Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung (1990, 2010); Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (2002); Fulbright (2003); Guggenheim (2008), among others.
He had been working on a book project that drew on a long-standing interest in Cuba, tentatively entitled “A History of War and Peace in Cuba from the 1770s to the 20th Century.” As he explained in a proposal, “among countries in the Atlantic world, Cuba has this unique and particularly tense experience with war,” one that began with its prolonged fight to throw off the yoke of Spain. “Even today, Cuba has a kind of siege mentality,” he said, indicating the theme of the book he had been thinking about and working on since 1992.

Raquel Chang-RodríguezRaquel 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).

RESEÑA DEL LIBRO “HISTORIA DE LA CORRUPCIÓN EN EL PERÚ” DE ALFONSO QUIROZ, Cecilia Blondet, Argumentos: Revista de Análisis y Crítica: 2, Mayo 2013.

“In this sweeping book, Alfonso Quiroz takes up a challenge that few Latin American historians would have dared to attempt.” “Using an approach clearly informed by current social-science literature on corruption, Quiroz takes readers on a journey through Peru’s long labyrinth of greed and venality.” – Catherine Conaghan, Queen’s University

“There is no other systematic assessment of corruption for such a long time period for Peru or, to the best of my knowledge, any other Latin American country. Quiroz’s effort is monumental and unprecedented in its span of Peruvian history.” – Cynthia McClintock, George Washington University

“This is a substantial contribution to the understanding of corruption in Latin America.” – Alvaro Vargas Llosa, The Independent Institute