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Caroline Dodds Pennock

Lecturer in International History, University of Sheffield

I am a historian specialising in indigenous American, particularly Aztec, history and the early modern Atlantic world, with a particular interest in issues of gender, human sacrifice, migration and cultural exchange. My first book 'Bonds of Blood: Gender, lifecycle, and sacrifice in Aztec culture' won the Royal Historical Society's Gladstone Prize for 2008, and I am currently working on a project about indigenous Americans travelling to Europe in the sixteenth century, inverting the stereotype of Europeans going overseas.

As a passionate advocate of public history, I enjoy working with publishers, media, schools, and anyone else who will have me, to give people more interesting and accurate view of the past. You can find me rambling on twitter @carolinepennock.

I have been a member of the History Department at Sheffield since 2010, having previously held posts at Cambridge and Leicester.


  • 2010–present
    Lecturer in International History, University of Sheffield
  • 2007–2010
    Lecturer in Early Modern History, University of Leicester
  • 2004–2007
    Research Fellow, Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge
  • 2003–2004
    Temporary Lecturer in Early Modern HIstory, University of Cambridge


  • 2004 
    Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, D.Phil. in Modern History