Claudia Arteaga

Associate Professor of Spanish, Latin American, and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures

Department: Department of Spanish, Latin American and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures
Office Address: Balch 207
Office Phone: (909) 607-0077
Office Hours: T, Th 4:30-5:30pm
Personal Website:

Claudia Arteaga will be on leave during the fall semester.

Claudia Arteaga

Academic History

  • Ph.D. and M.A. in Spanish, Rutgers University
  • B.A. in Linguistics and Literature, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru

Areas of Expertise

Arteaga's research interests focus on issues of representation and self-representation about/by indigenous peoples in Peru, Bolivia, and Guatemala through video and film. Her work examines contested conceptions about race and gender, issues centered on popular environmentalism, as well as the translation between epistemologies in post-colonial societies. Arteaga's first book project studies cases of communitarian film development in Peru, Bolivia, and Guatemala.

Personal Interests

Fields of interests are Andean Studies, Latin American postcolonial studies, Indigenous literature, and race and gender culture and video, popular environmentalist in Latin America, nation formation and nationalisms, ideologies. Research interests: focus on textual and cinematic representation and self-representation on indigenous struggles in Peru and Bolivia. Her organizing work has addressed topics related to politics and literature in Latin America, interdisciplinary approaches for the study of Andean societies, and connections between activism and the academy.

Selected Research and Publications

  • Chapter: ““Towards a Cinema for Life”: The Work of the Amazonian Film School.” Peruvian Cinema in the Twenty-First Century: Dynamic and Unstable Grounds, edited by Cynthia Vich and Sarah Barrow (Palgrave, 2020)
  • “The Decoloniality of Two Mayan Documentaries and The XIII CLACPI Film Festival–FicMayab.” Special Issue “The Decolonial Pedagogical Possibilities of Film and Film Festivals.” Postcolonial Directions in Education (to be published Nov. 2019, currently under review)
  • “Runan Caycu (1973) by Nora de Izcué: Indigenous Representation in Revolutionary Times of Velasco Alvarado’s Government.” Memoria del Perú. Actas del VIII Congreso Internacional de Peruanistas. José Antonio Mazzotti y Luis Abanto, eds. Lima: Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, Universidad de Ottawa y Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, 2018.
  • “Las montañas no cambian and the Mise-en-scène of Bolivian Developmentalism in the 1960s.” Artefacto visual. Revista de estudios visuales latinoamericanos 2.2 (June 2017).
  • “Threads of My Life and New Turns for a Discussion on Indigenous Testimonio: Reframing Identity and The Indigenous as Epistemology.” LL Journal (12 Dec. 2014). Graduate Center, CUNY

Awards and Honors

  • Mary W. Johnson Faculty Achievement Awards in Teaching, Scripps College AY 2018-2019
  • Sabbatical Research Fellowship Awards, Scripps College, AY 2018-2019
  • Travel Grant, CLAS (Center for Latino American Studies). Rutgers University, Summer 2014.
  • Rutgers Teacher-Scholar Fellowship at Rutgers University-Newark. Fall 2013-Spring 2014.
  • Funds for the event “Sumak Kawsay & Bolivarianism Today: Building the Good Life through Popular Democracy” (on behalf of Latin American Studies Interdisciplinary Group).
  • Center for Global Advancement and International Affair (GAIA) for the 2013-2014 Biennial Theme – Global Health!, Rutgers University, 2013.
  • Funds for Faculty and Student Research. CLAS. Rutgers University, Summer 2012.
  • Summer Pre-Dissertation Travel Award. Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University. 2011.
  • First Place, Adolfo Snaidas Best Graduate Student Essay Award with “Deseo y raza en el hombre negro de las Antillas en Fanon y Césaire.” Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Rutgers University. 2009.

Courses Taught

  • SPAN 183 - Interculturality and Bilingualism in the Andes
  • SPAN 134 - Indigenous Women, Representations and Struggles in Latin America
  • SPAN 44 - Advanced Spanish: Readings in Literature and Civilization
  • SPAN 33 - Intermediate Spanish