UCL Institute of the Americas


Dr Mercedes Crisóstomo

Women in the Peruvian Revolutionary Left: Militancia and Post-Militancia in Cuzco and Ayacucho


PhD completed in 2022


Professor Paulo Drinot and Dr Kate Saunders-Hastings


My research is supported by the UCL Overseas Research Scholarship and UCL Doctoral School Fellowship

Mercedes Crisostomo Meza
During the twentieth century, different violent processes such as revolutions, counterrevolutions, authoritarian regimes, civil wars, and state violence took place in Latin America. Anti-communism, communism, revolutionary aims, and the Cold War rationale shaped the everyday battles between states, elites, and grassroots groups. In the Peruvian case, the research on these topics has focused on the Internal Armed Conflict (1980-2000) because of the armed struggle of the Shining Path, the state’s responses, and the fact that Peru experienced major economic, social, and political upheaval resulting in more than 70,000 victims. However, the 1960s and 1970s, have received less attention.

My doctoral project examined these decades throughout the experiences and memories of left-wing militant women, both from urban and rural settings, who took part in revolutionary political parties aspiring to challenge and change the Peruvian status quo. 



ORCID profile

Awards | Grants | Scholarships | Funding

UCL Overseas Research Scholarship and UCL Doctoral School Fellowship

2019. Research Grant. Awarded by: Vice Chancellor of Research, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.

2018. Award for University Social Responsibility. Awarded by: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.  

2016. First Place in the Third National Contest for Researching Sexual and Family Violence in Peru. Awarded by: Ministerio de la Mujer y Poblaciones Vulnerables, Perú.


Books - authored

Crisóstomo, M. (2012). Legítimos y radicales. Una aproximación al estudio del Frente de Defensa del Pueblo de Ayacucho. Lima: Fondo Editorial Escuela de Gobierno PUCP.

Books - edited

  • Crisóstomo, M. (2018). Género y conflicto armado interno en el Perú. Testimonio y memoria. Lima: Fondo Editorial Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.
  • Crisóstomo, M. (2017). Urin Parcco y Hanan Parcco. Memorías de la hacienda y la reforma agraria. Lima: Fondo Editorial CISEPA, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.


  • Crisóstomo, M (2020). 'La Micropolítica de la Reforma Agraria en Huancavelica: narrativas y memorias campesinas sobre el patrón, el Estado y Velasco.' Perú el problema agrario en debate. SEPIA XVIII, 145-182.
  • Crisóstomo, M (2019). 'Memories between Eras: ANFASEP’s Presidents before and after Peru’s Internal Armed Conflict.' Latin American Perspective, Issue 228, Vol. 46 No. 5, 128-142. https://doi.org/10.1177/0094582X19856901
  • Crisóstomo, M (2016). 'Las herencias culturales del gamonalismo y la reforma agraria en las costa y sierra peruanas.' Argumentos 10 (4), 17-22.
  • Levitt, P., Engle Marry, S., Alayza, Rosa., Crisóstomo, M. (2013). 'Doing Vernacularization: The encounter between global and local ideas about women’s rights in Peru.' In Feminist Strategies in International Governance (Global Institutions). Gülay Calgar, Elisabeth Prugl and Susanne Zwingel (Editors). London: Routledge, pp. 127- 142.  https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203094969
  • Crisóstomo, M., Alayza, R. (2009). 'Women’s Rights in Peru: insights from two organizations.' Global Networks Journal, Vol 9 (4), 485-506. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-0374.2009.00265.x



  • MA in Gender Studies at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
  • MA in Political Science at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
  • BA in Anthropology at Universidad Nacional del Centro del Perú