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Verónica Gutiérrez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of History and Political Science
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3134
Verónica A. Gutiérrez, Ph.D, joined the department in fall 2012. An Internationalization Faculty Fellow at APU and an assistant professor of Latin American History, her areas of expertise include colonial Mexico, Mesoamerican cultures, medieval castile, Franciscan spirituality, and the early modern Catholic world. Her book manuscript Converting a Sacred City: Franciscan Re-Imagining of Sixteenth-Century San Pedro Cholula, examines the spiritual and political impact of the Franciscan presence in a pre-Hispanic holy site in central Mexico. She spent a year living and conducting research in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico, as a Fulbright Scholar, and two months at the Archive of the Indies in Sevilla on a grant from Spain’s Ministry of Culture. She has also received research support from the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Academy of American Franciscan History, and the Latin American Institute at UCLA. Gutiérrez has several publications, including “Quetzalcoatl’s Enlightened City: A Close Reading of Bernard Picart’s Engraving of Cholollan/Cholula,” for which she received the Hubert Herring Award from the Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies. Also in print is “A Satellite Community in a Spanish City: The Barrio of Santiago Cholultecapan in Colonial Puebla de los Ángeles,” and a co-authored work, “Mesoamerican Religions: Colonial Cultures,” in the Encyclopedia of Religion. She has presented her research at various national and international conferences and has lectured at the San Gabriel Mission, the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, California, and Neighborhood Homework House in Azusa, and for APU’s Juan Bruce-Novoa series on the Chicano/Latino experience. In addition to her training as a historian, Gutiérrez has extensive experience teaching creative writing and enjoys blending her specialties in her courses, especially as she develops a diverse set of Latin American course offerings at APU. She and her husband are avid CrossFitters and enjoy an active life near the beach with their infant daughter.


Ph.D., Colonial Mexican History, UCLA
C.Phil., Colonial Latin American History, UCLA
M.A., Latin American History, UCLA
MFA, Creative Nonfiction, Pennsylvania State University
B.A., Creative Writing, University of San Francisco


  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • History and Political Science


  • Early Modern Catholicism
    The Mendicant Church and the Origins of Mexican Catholicism
  • Latin American History
    Franciscan Evangelization of Native Peoples in 16th-Century Mexico
  • Mesoamerican Cultures
    Native Peoples in Colonial Mexico

Courses Taught

HIST 484 – Historical Themes
POLI 300 – Research and Writing
HIST 120 – World Civilizations to 1648

Office Hours

Tuesday and Thursday, 12:50–1:50 p.m.

Office Location

Ronald Building, Room 136C, East Campus

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