Alfonso W. Quiroz
1956 - 2013
The Bildner Center deeply mourns the death of one of its most valued Fellows, Dr. Alfonso Quiroz. A Fellow since 2000, Alfonso was instrumental in organizing the Fernando Ortiz Symposium (2000) that paved the way for the publication of Cuban Counterpoints: The Legacy of Fernando Ortiz (Lexington Books, 2005), which he co-edited with Mauricio Font. He frequently organized and participated in seminars and lectures at the Bildner Center.
Alfonso Quiroz was devoted to producing cutting-edge scholarship on the economic history of Latin America. His most recent book, Corrupt Circles: Costs of Unbound Graft in Peru (Woodrow Wilson Center and Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008), received the Abraham Briloff Prize in Ethics and the President's Excellence Award for Scholarship at Baruch College's 2009 Commencement. He gained international recognition for his scholarship with awards such as a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright, a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Relations, the Robert S. McNamara Fellowship, and the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He was a member of the editorial board of the Colonial Latin America Review.
Alfonso Quiroz is survived by his wife Mónica Ricketts, Assistant Professor of History at Temple University; their young son, Alfonso Martin Quiroz; and a daughter from a previous marriage, Daniela Irene Quiroz.