Chío earned her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin and her BA in Linguistics and Literature from Universidad Católica del Perú. She is a 19th-Century Latin-American Literature scholar with interests in gender studies, colonialism, and Food Studies. 


Academic Interests and Expertise


Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature, University of Texas at Austin (2011)

Diploma of Specialization in Education, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (2000)

Specialization Program for Executives in Business Management, Graduate School of Business ESAN (2000)

B.A. in Linguistics and Literature, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (1998)

Areas of Research Interest

19th. Century Latin American Literature, Postcolonialism, Gender and Women Writers, Etiquette and Recipe Books, and Food Studies.

Areas of Teaching Interest

Dr. Del Aguila has experience teaching from First-Year Seminars to Graduate Seminars, and also developed the Spanish online program. Additionally she can facilitate workshops in creative writing, leadership, and team working. 

Courses Taught:

Cooking Communities: Food and Culture in Latin America

Cooking Communities: Food in the Hispanic World (FYS)

Powerful Narratives: Social Justice and Storytelling in Latin America

Writing the Nation: 19th. Century Latin America

Power, Love, and Resistance (Independent Study)

Hispanic Short Story (Independent Study)

Early Spanish-American Literature to Modernismo

Spanish-American Prose since Modernismo

Latin American Civilization

Introduction to Textual Analysis and Composition

Advanced Grammar and Composition for Heritage speakers

Advanced and Intermediate Conversation

Spanish Online (developer and coordinator)

Spanish all levels


Selected Publications:

Gastronarratives. Food, Literature, and Culture in Latin America. Co-edited volume with Vanesa Miseres. University of Arkansas Press. Forthcoming.

Journal Articles / Book Chapters (peer reviewed)

“Un italiano en Lima: relaciones sociales y consumo en Herencia.” Journal of the Midwest Modern Languages Association (MMLA). Forthcoming.

“Cuerpo, esclavitud y agencia en Fulú.” Co-written with Enrique Navarro. Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos. Volume 42, No. 1. Volume Con el lápiz en la mano: mujeres y cómics a ambos lados del Atlántico. 43-68. 2018.

“La tisis del alma: enfermedad y viaje en Gorriti.” Revista del Instituto Riva Agüero. Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru. Volume 3, 1. 25-58. 2017.

“Una sociedad de consumidores: cuerpos en venta y otras mercancías.” Siglo Diecinueve. Volume on Latin-American Consummerism. Universitas Castellae. 77-98. 2015.

“Cocinando la nación. Representaciones del capital cultural en Cocina ecléctica.”  Diálogo 18.1. DePaul University, 67-78. 2015.

“Ángeles guerreros: Gorriti y la representación de la mujer caudillo.” in Sara Beatriz Guardia (ed.) Las mujeres en los procesos de independencia de América Latina. Centro de Estudios la Mujer en la Historia de América Latina / UNESCO, 409-18. 2014

“(A)filiaciones femeninas: Gorriti y la genealogía de la escritura en Lima.”  Decimonónica 10.1, 45-62. 2013.

Research-Related Media Projects

Producer and director. Cocin(ando) Wichita. Documentary by The Migrant Kitchens Project, funded by Kansas Humanities (KH), Premiered at Tallgrass Film Festival. 2019.


Professional Experience


Assistant Professor & Graduate Coordinator. Wichita State University, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, 2016-ongoing.

Lecturer, Wichita State University, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, 2013-15.

Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Calgary, Department of French, Italian, and Spanish, 2012-13.

Lecturer, University of Texas at Austin, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, 2012.

Study Abroad Experience / Summer Programs / Social Programs

Residential Coordinator, Project Social Impact (PSI), Kingston-Boston, 2015. 

Program Director, Residential Coordinator, Instructor. La Poderosa Media Project, Ecuador Summer Program: community-based filming. 2011-13.

Awards and Honors


Young Faculty Risk Taker, University Faculty Awards, WSU. 2020.

Phenomenal Women Award, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, WSU. 2019.

Drum Major Award, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, WSU. 2016.

Honors & Grants:

University Research Project Grant, WSU. 2018. 

Tilford Diversity Commission Fellow, WSU. 2017.

Online Faculty Fellow. WSU. 2016.


Kansas Humanities, Major Grant. 2017. 

Areas of Service


Diversity Advocate, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 2020.

Parkinson Scholarship Selection Committee Member, 2019-20

Faculty Support Committee Member, 2016-20.

Latinx Cluster - Director Search Committee Member, 2019

Student Organizations:

Co-advisor HALO (Hispanic American Leadership Organization), 2018-20.

Advisor Lambda Pi Upsilon (Latinas Poderosas Unidas), 2017-20.

Co-advisor Sigma Delta Pi, Spanish Honor Society, 2015-20.


Organizer, Spanish Contest (Outreach event for USD 259). Poetry declamation, skits and Spelling Bee, 2018-20

Event Coordinator, Kansas World Language Association Conference, 2019. 

Organizer, Spanish Immersion Day (Outreach event for USD 259). Dance, music, crafts and arts with 200 high school students in Spanish. 2019.