Christopher Minster

Professor of History and Literature


Ph.D., Spanish, Ohio State University

M.A., Spanish, University of Montana

B.A., Spanish, Penn State University


  • Professor at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Equador
  • Specialist in Latin American literature and history with a Ph.D. in Spanish from Ohio State University
  • Former head writer at VIVA Travel Guides, who co-authored and edited numerous travel guidebooks


Christopher W. Minster, Ph.D., is a former ThoughtCo writer who contributed articles about Latin American history and culture for eight years. He is a professor at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Equador.

Christopher was the head writer at VIVA Travel Guides, where he co-authored and edited numerous travel books, including "VIVA Travel Guides Ecuador and Galapagos Islands Guidebook," 7th Edition (2014), and ​"VIVA Travel Guides Lima, Peru," 3rd Edition (2010), as well as a collection of travel stories from different writers around the world, called "​The Viva List Latin America: 333 Places and Experiences People Love" (2007).​

A specialist in Latin American literature and history, Christopher wrote his Ph.D. dissertation about the colonial era in the Americas. He also worked as a teaching assistant for six years at Ohio State University, where he earned his Ph.D. in Spanish in 2005. Christopher served two years in the U.S. Peace Corps in Guatemala, working in rural youth development in Huehuetenango.


Christopher earned his Bachelor's (B.A.) in Spanish from Penn State University and Master's (M.A.) in Spanish from the University of Montana. He received his Ph.D. in Spanish from Ohio State University.

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