Néstor Iván Quiroa, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Spanish
On Faculty since 2002

Office: Wyngarden 210
Phone: (630)752-5796


Ph.D., Latin American Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002

M.A., Spanish Literature, Michigan State University, 1994

Translation/Interpretation Certification, University of California, Los Angeles, 1992

B.A., Spanish Literature and Bilingual Education, University of California, Irvine, 1990

Courses Taught

  • SPAN 331 Spanish Conversation and Culture
  • SPAN 332 Advanced Grammar and Composition
  • SPAN 335 Cultures and Civilizations of Latin America
  • SPAN 337 Survey of Latin American Literature, 1492-present
  • SPAN 439 Central American Literature: Magic or Reality on 20th Century Novel?
  • SPAN 439 Central American Narrative and the Environment: An Eco-historical approach
  • SPAN 439 Highland Guatemala Maya-K’iche’ indigenous Colonial Texts
  • SPAN 439 Latinos/ Latinas in the United States
  • SPAN 439 Revolutions and the Arts in Latin America

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Society of Ethnohistory
  • Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • The Midwest Working Group on Colonial Latin America


  • Colonial Discourse in the Chronicles of Discovery and Conquest
  • Highland Guatemala Indigenoue Texts
  • Conquest and Colonization of Guatemala: The Dominican Order and the Maya-K’iche’
  • Friar Francisco Ximenez and the Popol Wuj narrative
  • Miguel Ángel Asturias: Myth and History
  • Central American Literature: Resistance, Political denunciation and Social Justice

Papers Published and/or Presented


  • Missionary Exegesis of the Popol Vuh: Maya-K'iche' Cultural and Religious Continuity in Colonial and Contemporary Highland Guatemala. History of Religions. 53:1 (August 2013): 66-97.
  • El "Popol Wuj" en la versión de Francisco Ximénez (1701-1702). Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes >>. (2012).
  • Revisiting the Highland Guatemala Tίtulos: How the Maya-K'iche' Lived and Outlived the Colonial Experience. Ethnohistory. 58:2 (Spring 2011): 294-321.
  • The Popol Vuh and the Dominican Religious Extirpation in Highland Guatemala: Re-contextualizing Friar Ximénez’s Text, Prologues and Annotations. The Americas: 67:4 (April 2011): 467-494.
  • “Francisco Ximénez and the Popol Vuh: Text, Structure, and Ideology in a Prologue,” CLAHR: Colonial Latin American Historical Review 11:3 (2002): 279-300.

Selected Professional Presentations

  • 2014: "Sacred 'Text' or Doctrinal Source?: Francisco Ximenez, the Popol Wuj and the Ethnohistory of the Colonial K'iche'. Annual meeting for the American Society of Ethonohistory (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • 2014: "From Glyphs to Digital: Text, Context, and Ideological Agendas of the Popol Wuj Narrative" Modern Language Association (Chicago, Illinois)
  • 2013: "Miguel Angel Asturias and the 'novelistica bananera': Viento Fuerte and the Artfulness of Written Images" Midwest Modern Language Association (Milwaukee, WI)
  • 2012: “La novelística bananera de Miguel Ángel Asturias: Viento Fuerte como registro histórico de una realidad centroamericana”. Midwest Modern Language Association (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • 2012: “Time, Historicity and the Representation of the Colonial Self: The Maya-K’iche’ of Totonicapán in Highland Guatemala”. The Central American Studies Committee of the Conference on Latin American History (Chicago, Illinois).
  • 2011: “Miguel Ángel Asturias and the Value of the Word in El Señor Presidente”. The Midwest Modern Language Association (Saint Louis, Missouri).
  • 2010: “El Señor Presidente, ¿Myth or Reality?: Miguel Angel Asturias, the Popol Vuh and the Mythological Emergence of the Dictator Figure in Latin America”. Latin American Studies Association or LASA (Toronto, Canada).
  • 2010: “Fear of the Sacred: Friar Franciso Ximénez and the Maya-K'iche' Creation Stories”. Midwest Modern Language Association (Chicago, Illinois).
  • 2009: “The Título de Totonicapán: A Syntagmatic Approach”. Annual meeting for the American Society of Ethnohistory (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • 2009: “Disseminating the Popol Vuh Narrative: Catholic and Protestant Missionaries in Colonial and Contemporary Highland Guatemala. Theological interpretation of the Maya-K'iche'.” The Midwest Working Group on Colonial Latin America, University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, Indiana).

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