Rosa Helena Chinchilla

Associate Professor of Spanish


Ph.D. State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1989. M.A. 1987. B.A. 1983.

Areas of Expertise

Golden Age Spanish Poetry and Prose, Spanish Humanism, Early Spanish Women Patrons, Literary Patronage 15-17th centuries, 18th C. Jesuits in Guatemala, and Grammatical Theory and the Kingdom of Guatemala.


16th-century Spanish Poetry; Women Patronage in 16th-century Spain; Golden Age; Early Modern Literature and Culture; Grammatical Theory in Colonial Latin America; Garcilaso de la Vega; Cervantes; Jesuits in 18th Century Guatemala. She is the editor of Fray Francisco Ximénez, Arte de las tres lenguas cakchiquel, quiché y tzutuhil (1993), and La obra del Padre Manuel Mariano de Iturriaga S. J. en la Nueva España y el Reino de Goathemala (2006). Her publications also include a number of articles in  Caliope, Renaissance and Reformation, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Revista Iberoamericana and other journals. Article topics include Cervantes, Juan del Encina, Garcilaso de la Vega, Nebrija and Juana de Austria, as well as other topics related to literary history (Golden Age, Patronage in the Early Renaissance, Early Modern Spectacle; the Influence of Rome on Spanish Humanism). She has been the recipient of a Newberry Library Fellowship and an NEH Seminar Fellowship.


Rosa Chinchilla
Contact Information
Office LocationOak Hall East SSHB Room 207 (207C)