Américo Mendoza-Mori (Ica, Perú 1987) teaches Quechua and Spanish at the University of Pennsylvania, where he designed the Quechua Language Program. He received his B.A. from Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, in Lima (Perú), and did doctoral studies at the University of Miami, Florida. He co-edited the book Panel A-L: Reflexiones sobre literatura y discursos de América Latina (2011) and has published scholarly articles on Andean Culture, cultural policies and Indigenous Languages of the Americas. His work has also been featured at major institutions such as the United Nations and the national media (The New York Times, NPR, Remezcla).
Prof. Mendoza-Mori actively collaborates on different projects with academics, Indigenous groups, and community-based organizations in Peru, Bolivia and the United States. Among these initiatives, he helped to start the annual Quechua Alliance Student Meeting at Penn, the biennial Thinking Andean Studies conference, and Penn’s Andean Pro-Seminar in Cusco.
- § Mendoza-Mori, Américo. “Quechua Language programs in the United States: Cultural hubs for Indigenous cultures”, Chiricú Journal: Latino Literatures, Arts and Cultures, v.2 (Spring 2017)
- § Liendo, Laura and Américo Mendoza-Mori (editors). Panel A-L: Reflexiones sobre literatura y discursos de América Latina. Lima (2011): Red Literaria Peruana
- § Mendoza-Mori, Américo. “¿Es el mismo Inca? Figura del Inca en la Nueva Corónica de Guamán Poma de Ayala y Los Comentarios Reales de Garcilaso de la Vega” Actas del Congreso ‘Las Palabras de Garcilaso’. Lima (2010): OEI Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos, Academia Peruana de la Lengua.
- In the News
- “An explorer searching for Authenticity”. The New York Times, August 23rd, 2019 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/23/movies/dora-the-explorer-peru.html
- “The Legacy of Dora the Explorer”. NPR’s LatinoUSA, August 14th, 2019 https://www.npr.org/2019/08/14/751130403/the-breakdown-the-legacy-of-dora-the-explorer
- “Paramount Pictures hired this Quechua professor to lend authenticity to ‘Dora and the Lost city of Gold’”. Remezcla, August 13th, 2019 https://remezcla.com/features/film/interview-americo-mendoza-mori-dora-lost-city-gold-quechua/
- “Thriving program makes Penn a Quechua language hub” Penn Today, November 10th, 2016 https://penncurrent.upenn.edu/news/thriving-program-makes-penn-a-quechua-language-hub
- “Quechua classes give students a look into Indigenous culture”. The Daily Pennsylvanian, September 29th, 2016 http://www.thedp.com/article/2016/09/quechua-classes-indigenous-culture
Quechua Language program site: http://web.sas.upenn.edu/quechua/