Alfonso W. Quiroz, professor of Latin American and Caribbean history, died on January 2, 2013. A member of the history program at Baruch College since 1986 and a member of the doctoral faculty since the early 1990s, he was dedicated to the study of corruption over the centuries in his native Peru, publishing Corrupt Circles: A History of Unbound Graft in Peru, which he called “a story of the perils of greed and abuse past and present,” in 2008.
More broadly, his teaching and scholarly interests included Latin American and Caribbean colonial and modern history, economic history and policies, Cuban and Peruvian history, and modern world history. As a Guggenheim Fellow in 2008, he made a comparative study of the constitutional debates in Spanish America and Spain. He was the author of Domestic and Foreign Finance in Modern Peru, 1850–1950 (1993), Deudas olvidadas: instrumentos de crédito en la economía colonial peruana 1750–1820 (1993), and La deuda defrauda: consolidación de 1850 y dominio económico en el Perú (1987), as well as articles and chapters on Peruvian colonial and modern credit and Cuban nineteenth-century corruption, education, and socioeconomic repression.
Dr. Quiroz earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1986, and received numerous fellowships and awards. In addition to his teaching and research, he curated centennial exhibitions on the Spanish-American War at the New York Public Library and the New-York Historical Society in 1998.