Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Dodds Pennock
University of Sheffield
Website URL
Aztecs, Mesoamerica, indigenous America, Native American history, Atlantic history, human sacrifice, violence, gender, Spanish America, exploration, discovery, encounter, migration, slavery
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Personal Info

About Me

I am a historian specialising in indigenous American, especially Aztec, history and the early modern Atlantic world, with a particular interest in issues of gender, human sacrifice, migration and cultural exchange.

I am currently working on a project about Native American travellers 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.

Recent Publications

‘In Search of the Real Aztecs’, BBC World Histories, 7 (November 2017), pp. 40-7.

‘The 25 global history books you must read’, BBC World Histories, 10(June/July 2018),pp. 71-8.

‘On The Spot: Caroline Dodds Pennock’, History Today (July 2017), p.112.

Bonds of Blood: Gender, Lifecycle and Sacrifice in Aztec Culture (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, paperback: 2011).

‘Women of Discord: Female Power in Aztec Thought’, The Historical Journal, 61.2 (2018), pp. 275-99.

‘Mass Murder or Religious Homicide? Rethinking Human Sacrifice and Interpersonal Violence in Aztec Culture’, HSR: Historische Sozialforschung/Historical Social Research 37.3 (2012), pp. 276-302.

Media Coverage
I have media experience as a writer, consultant and talking head for TV, radio, website, publishers and popular magazines. You can find more information, as well as clips, on my website.
Country Focus
Mexico, Atlantic world
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, Caribbean, Central America, Latin America, Spain
Expertise by Chronology
Medieval, Pre-17th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Family, Gender, Public History, Sexuality, Slavery, Women