Silvia Veronica Escanilla Huerta

 Silvia Escanilla Huerta

Contact Information

History, 309 Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright Street
M/C 466
Urbana, IL 61801
PhD Candidate
View CV - Visit Website

Research Interests

  • Politics, Gender, Culture, and Society in Peru and the Andes, 1700-1850; Revolutions and Indigenous Rebellions; Independence Era, and the Transition from Empire to Republic; Political Legitimacy and Sovereignty in the Andes.

Research Description

My research focuses on the period 1783-1828 where I explore the political and social process that led to the war of Independence in Peru. I focus on a group of indigenous communities located in three areas of the viceroyalty: the central highlands, the southern region of Puno, and the Upper Peru region. I analyze how the nature of their relationship with the crown changes over time since the end of the Tupac Amaru rebellion and throughout the war. By paying attention to both local political dynamics and regional and global events I trace the genealogy of a new form of political struggle, the guerrilla, and assess its central role in the war of independence and the new political configuration that emerges during this armed conflict. 


  • B.A. Universidad de Buenos Aires
  • M.A. Universidad de San Andrés

Distinctions / Awards


  • 2017 AHA Alfred J. Beveridge Grant, awarded by the American Historical Association for research in the History of the Western Hemisphere.
  • 2017 Kilby Fellowship, awarded by the Center for Latin America and Caribbean Studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for PhD students who have reached ABD status and will conduct research in Latin America.
  • 2017 Nelle Signor Graduate Scholarship in International Relations, awarded by the International Scholarship Review Committee in International Programs and Studies of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to conduct archival research in Peru and Bolivia
  • 2017 Richard Maass Memorial Research Grant, awarded by the Manuscript Society to conduct archival research on manuscripts located at various archives in Latin America.
  • Tinker Field Research Summer Fellowship 2015, awarded by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to conduct archival research at the Biblioteca Nacional in Lima, Peru.
  • Slicher Van Bath-De Jong Grant, 2013-14


  • HIST205 Latin America Through Primary Accounts.
  • HIST100 Global History (TA)

Selected Publications

Book Contributions

Escanilla Huerta, Silvia “Hacia una nueva cronología de la Guerra de independencia en el Perú” (“Towards a New Chronology of the War of Independence of Peru”) Tiempo de guerra: Estado, nación y conflicto armado en el Perú, siglos XVII-XIX edited by Carmen McEvoy, edited by Alejandro Rabinovich. “Hacia una nueva cronología de la Guerra de independencia en el Perú” (“Towards a New Chronology of the War of Independence of Peru”) Edited by Carmen McEvoy, Edited by Alejandro Rabinovich, Lima Instituto de Estudios Peruanos 2018, p. 578. Publisher website.
Escanilla Huerta, Silvia Veronica Foreword Daniel Morán y María Aguirre, La plebe en armas. La participación popular en Las Guerras de Independencia (Armed Plebeians: Plebeian Participation during the War of Independence) Foreword Lima Fondo Editorial de la Universidad Peruana Simón Bolívar 2013.

Website Articles

Huerta, Silvia Escanilla “Indigenous People and Peruvian Independence: A Polemical Historiography” The age of Revolutions 2018.


Escanilla Huerta, Silvia The Andean Wonder Drug: Cinchona Bark and Imperial Science in the Spanish Atlantic, 1630-1800. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016 by Matthew Crawford. Revista Andina nro. 54, 2016 54 Source Author Matthew Crawford, 2016, p. 263-266.

Journal Articles

Escanilla Huerta, Silvia Veronica “La transformación política de la sociedad virreinal. El norte chico frente a la guerra de independencia (1820-1822)” (the Political Transformation of the Viceroyal Society. The ´Norte chico´ towards the War of Independence. 1820-1822) Revista Documenta de Historia Militar 4 2014.


Escanilla Huerta, Silvia Veronica, Daniel Morán, and Alina Silveira Plebe, sociabilidad y revolución. El Perú y el Río de la Plata en el contexto de las guerras de independencia (Plebeians, Sociability, and Revolution: Peru and Rio de la Plata during the War of Independence) Lima Grupo Gráfico del Piero 2012.