Rocío is a Professor of (Post) Colonial Latin American Studies, she is also affiliated faculty in the American Indian Studies Program and core faculty of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Center for Gender Studies in a Global Context. She has directed the Center for Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities from fall 2007 until fall 2010. Professor Quispe-Agnoli is also a creative writer and has received three awards for her short fiction (La Regenta 1998, Atenea 1999 and Ana María Matute 1999). In 2012 she received the MSU Fintz Award for Teaching Excellence in the Arts & Humanities. In 2013 the Embassy of Peru in the United States acknowledged her as Peruvian Woman of the Year for her academic and literary contributions.
Publications include La fe indígena en la escritura: resistencia e identidad en la obra de Guamán Poma de Ayala (Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos Press, 2006); Durmiendo en el agua (Sleeping Under Water, short fiction, Editorial Mundo Ajeno, 2008); two special issues of Cuaderno Internacional de Estudios Humanísticos y Literatura entitled “Beyond the Convent: Colonial Women’s Voices and Daily Challenges in Spanish America” (2005) and “Mirrors and Mirages: Women’s Gaze in Hispanic Literature and Visual Arts” (forthcoming 2015), one monographic issue of Letras Femeninas: “Mirada de mujer: narrativas femeninas de lo visual y narrativas visuales de lo femenino” (2014), and more than 50 articles on race, ethnicity and identity, women’s and gender studies, visual studies and television studies. Her latest books, Nobles de papel: identidades oscilantes y genealogías borrosas de María Joaquina Inca y su familia (Iberoamericana Vervuert, 2016), recipient of the 2017 LASA-Peru Flora Tristan Book Award, and Women’s Negotiations and Textual Agency in Latin America, 1500-1799 (Routledge, 2017), co-edited with M. Díaz (University of Kentucky)