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Alison Krögel

Alison KrögelAlison Krögel
Associate Professor of Spanish
Sturm Hall, Room 325
Phone: 303-871-6657
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PhD, Comparative Literature, University of Maryland


Alison Krögel is an associate professor of Spanish at the University of Denver. Her research includes studies of the roles played by food in colonial and contemporary Spanish-American literature and culture, artistic representations of resistance by the Quechua people in colonial and contemporary contexts, as well as Quechua poetry and oral traditions.

Since 2001, Alison has conducted fieldwork and archival research in highland Peru and Ecuador, as well as in Spain and the United States. This research experience, combined with formal academic training in the fields of literary and cultural studies, ethnography, translation studies, and Quechua language and linguistic studies, has informed her research interests, scholarship production, course development and community service activities.

The recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant to Ecuador (2013-2014), she has published the book Food, Power and Resistance in Quechua Verbal and Visual Narratives (2011), as well as articles in journals, such as Revista de crítica literaria latinoamericana, Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, Food and Foodways, Revista de estudios bolivianos and Kipus: Revista andina de letras.

Her current book project involves a study of indigenous experiences with legal intermediaries and interpreters in the Audiencias of Quito and Cusco. An understanding of the historical legacies of linguistic and cultural legal mediation provides the foundation for an analysis of the challenges faced by indigenous Quechua and Kichwa litigants who interact with contemporary state justice systems in Ecuador, Peru and the United States.


  • Contemporary and colonial Andean literature
  • Quechua language, linguistics, oral traditions and culture
  • Forensic linguistics (Quechua and Andean Spanish)
  • Latin American fantastic literature
  • Translation and interpretation theory and practice
  • World literature and social change
  • Comparative literature