Americo Mendoza-Mori


Américo MendozaMori teaches Quechua and Spanish at the University of Pennsylvania, where he designed the Quechua Language Program. He received his B.A. from Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, in Lima (Peru), and did doctoral studies at the University of Miami, Florida. His research on Andean Culture, Quechua language, and cultural policies has been featured at major institutions such as the United Nations and the national media. Prof. Mendoza-Mori has collaborated actively with academic and community-based organizations in Peru, Bolivia and the United States.


Office Hours:

Tuesday, 4-5pm / Wednesdays: 3-4pm
Williams Hall #420

CV: Download PDF here

Personal Page: Selected works


Research and Teaching interests

Latin American and Latinx Studies, 20th century Latin American Literature, Andean Studies, Cultural policies, Cultural industries, Quechua and Indigenous Languages, Language planning



English, Portuguese, Quechua, Spanish


Peer-reviewed Publications:

Awards and Honors

  • 2017 – SAS Teaching Innovation Grant, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2015 – SAS Teaching Innovation Grant, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2013 – Research Fellow, University of Miami Center for Latin American Studies
  • 2009 – University of Miami Presidential Fellowship


Media Interviews and Citations



Press Conference: Celebrating the 9th anniversary of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Speakers (left to right): Reaghan Tarbell, documentary film maker and director Américo Mendoza-Mori; Professor at University of Pennsylvania and founder of Quechua language program Chandra-Roy Henriksen, Chief of the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues


Courses taught at Penn

ROML 110 –  Beginning Quechua I

ROML 120 – Beginning Quechua II

ROML 130 – Intermediate Quechua I

ROML 140 – Intermediate Quechua II


SPA 110 – Beginning Spanish I
SPA 120 – Beginning Spanish II
SPA 130 – Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 140 – Intermediate Spanish II