Claudia Berríos-Campos is a native of Lima, Peru. She received her BA in Literature from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Peru), with an emphasis in Peruvian and Spanish American literatures. Her stellar academic performance earned her twice the Outstanding Undergraduate Award (Medal of Honor) in Literary Studies (UNMSM, Peru). Before coming to MSU, she served as member of the Editorial Board for the scholarly journal Ajos & Zafiros in Lima, and worked as a journalist of the Cultural Affairs Section for Peruvian newspaper La República. Claudia received her M.A. in Hispanic Literatures at Michigan State University in 2013 and is currently a PhD candidate in Hispanic Cultural Studies. Her main area of scholarly interest is Andean colonial literature, in which she is working with the seventeenth-century Huarochirí Manuscript. In this document she researches representations of interactions between local deities, humans and other characters that can be read as a discourse of cultural resistance and a negotiation of power in a colonial setting. Her research interests also include contemporary Spanish American literature, film, testimony and gender studies. Her work has been supported by the American Indian and Indigenous Studies program at MSU, CLACS Tinker Fellowship (Summer 2014) and the Newberry Library NCAIS (2014). She has also has been awarded twice with the Summer Support Fellowship from RCS to conduct archival research in Lima and Cusco, Peru. In 2016 she was the recipient of the Dr. Johannes Sachse Memorial Award for being the graduate/teaching assistant making the most significant contribution and performing her duties in the most outstanding manner. In the same year, she received the Varg-Sullivan Award in Arts and Letters for the best published article written by a graduate student. In the summer of 2017 she spent two months studying the Quechua language at Tinku School in Cusco, Peru.
Her latest publications include:
“La tentación de la legitimidad: Estrategias y oscilaciones discursivas para alcanzar la representación en el Manuscrito de Huarochirí.” Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana 80 (2014): 139-149.
“La danza de los héroes: Estrategias modélicas, interacciones y performance en los personajes de Dioses y hombres de Huarochirí”. Tropos. 38.1 (2014): 28-39.
Claudia is also a teaching assistant of Spanish in our department of Romance and Classical Studies and, in 2014-2015, she held the Graduate Tech-Assistantship to develop an online version of SPN 432 (Latin America and Its Literature).