Colonial Latin America, Spanish Imperialism, Latin America, Intellectual and Cultural History, Iberian Atlantic World


Mónica Ricketts is a historian of colonial Latin America and the Iberian Atlantic World. She specializes in the intellectual, political, and cultural history of the Spanish world. She received her B.A. and Licenciate degrees from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima and her Ph.D. from Harvard University. She has taught at Temple University since 2010. She has received fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, the John Carter Brown Library, the Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University, and Instituto Riva-Agüero, PUCP, Lima. She has published Who Should Rule? Men of Arms, the Republic of Letters, and the Fall of the Spanish Empire (Oxford University Press, 2017) and articles on Spanish liberalism, militarism in the Bourbon era, and the struggles of the lettered in the viceroyalty of Peru. She is currently working on the role of the theater in the formation of a common political culture in Spain and Spanish America.

Selected Publications


Articles and Book Chapters:

  • “José María Blanco White: contra la Junta y las Cortes y por América,” Voces Americanas en Cádiz: diputados, discursos y debates, eds. Scarlett O’Phelan Godoy y Georges Lomné (Lima: Fondo Editorial de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Instituto Francés de Estudios Andinos, 2014)
  • “De la palabra a la acción: oradores, editores, abogados y conspiradores en el virreinato del Perú, 1780-1808,” Revista de Indias vol 73, no. 258 (2013): 399-430
  • “The Rise of the Bourbon Military in Peru, 1768-1820,” Colonial Latin American Review 22, vol. 3 (2012): 413-439
  • “Together or Separate in the Fight Against Oppression? Liberals in Peru and Spain in the 1820s,” European History Quarterly 41 vol. 3 (Summer 2011): 413-427
  • “Spanish American Napoleons: The Transformation of Military Officers into Political Leaders, Peru, 1790-1830,” Napoleon’s Atlantic: The Impact of Napoleonic Empire in the Atlantic World, eds. Christophe Belaubre, Jordana Dym, and John Savage. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2010, 209-228.

Courses Taught


  • Cuba: A History of War, Hope, and Revolution: HIS 3380 (new curriculum course)
  • Gender and World Societies (General Education): HIS 0824
  • Race and Gender in Iberian America (new curriculum course): HIS 3566
  • Imperialism, Race, Empire: HIS 2702
  • Introduction to Latin America: HIS 2514
  • Latin American Perspectives: LAS 1001


  • Studies in Spanish and Portuguese America: HIS 8506 (new curriculum course)
  • Studies in Imperialism: HIS 8308
  • Studies in Latin American History (1810-Present): HIS 8505