FacultyMónica Ricketts

Assistant ProfessorMonica Ricketts

(215) 204-7882
921 Gladfelter Hall
1115 West Berks Street


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 received her B.A. and Licenciate degrees from the Pontifica Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima and her Ph.D. from Harvard University. Before joining the history department at Temple University in 2010, she taught at Long Island University, C. W. Post. 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 Intituto Riva-Agüero, PUCP, Lima. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled: Struggles for Power at the End of Empire: Peru-Spain, 1760-1830 (Forthcoming, Oxford University Press).

Selected Publications

  • “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, editors, abogados y conspiradores en el virreintato 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
  • “Reconectando a España con Hispanoamérica: hacia una nueva historia de la independencia,” Bicentenario – 200 Jahre Unabhängigkeit in Lateinamerika: Geschichte zwischen Vergangenheit und Zukunft eds. Stefan Rinke y Hans-Martin Hinz. Stuttgart: Heinz, 2011
  • “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. French translation: “Les «Napoléons» hispano-américains ou  la transformation d’officiers de l’armée en leaders politique. Pérou, 1790-1830,” Napoléon et les Amériques. Histoire Atlantique et empire napoléonien, eds. Christophe Belaubre, Jordana Dym and John Savage. Toulouse: CNRS-UTM, Collection Méridiennes, 2009, 209-228

Books edited

  • Scarlett O’Phelan and Mónica Ricketts, eds. Jorge Basadre, el hombre, su obra y su tiempo. Lima: Instituto Riva-Agüero, Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano, Universidad del Pacífico, 2005
  • Scarlett O’Phelan, Fanni Muñoz, Gabriel Ramón, and Mónica Ricketts, eds. Familia y vida cotidiana
  • en América Latina. Siglos XVIII – XX. Lima: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Instituto
  • Riva-Agüero, Instituto Francés de Estudios Andinos, 2003

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