Silvia Veronica Escanilla Huerta

 Silvia Escanilla Huerta

Contact Information

History, 309 Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright Street
M/C 466
Urbana, IL 61801
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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 compare two areas of the viceroyalty: the central highlands and the southern region of Puno paying particular attention to variables such as local political dynamics, justice and law, economic activities, and the process of militarization.


  • 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

Selected Publications


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.

Book Contributions

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.


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.