Claudia RogersDr Claudia Rogers

B.A. (Sheffield), M.A. (Sheffield), Ph.D. (Leeds)

Teaching Associate in Early Modern International History

First encounters in the New World, 15th-16th century; the Atlantic World; cultural history; indigenous histories; identity; space; cultural intermediaries

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Semester Two 2018/19 Office Hours: Thursdays 10:00-12:00



Claudia completed her BA and MA in the History department at Sheffield, and her PhD in the School of History at the University of Leeds (funded by WRoCAH). Her research focuses on first encounters in the New World (c. 1492-1550), exploring how indigenous groups and individuals responded to and identified Europeans in moments of early contact in the Caribbean and Mesoamerica. More broadly, Claudia’s interests surround cultural encounters, the ‘white gods’, indigenous histories, concepts of space, and identity. She is especially interested in cultural intermediaries and notions of ‘in-betweenness’.

During her PhD, Claudia taught on a number of BA History modules at the University of Leeds, and worked part-time as a Teaching Associate at Sheffield.

You can find Claudia on Twitter @claudiajrogers (views her own).


Current Research

Claudia’s doctoral project, ‘‘The People from Heaven’?: Reading indigenous responses to Europeans during moments of early encounter in the Caribbean and Mesoamerica, 1492- c.1585’, comparatively explores how indigenous groups and individuals responded to, and identified, Europeans in moments of first encounter in the Caribbean and Mesoamerica. Throughout the study, particular attention is given to the methodological challenges arising from the uncovering and reading of indigenous voices in the (ethno)historical record. By examining the early encounters using a refreshing methodology based on transcending Westward-facing perspectives, the evidence from the project’s case studies highlights the extensive action and agency of indigenous groups and individuals. Above all, Claudia’s work positions Taíno and Nahua agents not as ‘vanquished,’ but as powerholders, and challenges traditional, triumphalist narratives of conquest.

Claudia’s next research project will be centred on the experiences of cultural intermediaries during early encounters in the Atlantic and New World. Tying in with this, she is currently working on an article for publication that foregrounds a new and exciting interpretation of Malintzin (a Maya woman who acted as Hernando Cortés’ translator).



'Lost in Battle: Malintzin as a Warrior Woman in the Lienzo de Tlaxcala' – forthcoming, 2019.

'Christopher Who?', History Today 67:8 (August 2017), pp. 38-49, and cover story.

McKeown, Jane & Claudia J Rogers, ‘Connecting with people with dementia through local history,’ Journal of Dementia Care 23:2 (2015), 10-11.

'The Devil in Gregory of Tours: Spirit Intercession and the Human Body,' Networks and Neighbours 2:2 (2014), 347-77.


Module Leader

HST2028 Tenochtitlan, City of Blood and Flowers: Aztec Society in the Early Sixteenth Century

Since the devastating arrival of the Spanish conquistadors in 1519, the history of the Aztecs has been haunted by the spectre of human sacrifice. But their unique island-capital was not only a centre for spectacular religious bloodshed, but also a sophisticated metropolis, and home to a very civilized and familiar society of educated individuals and loving families. Attempting to recover the history of this complex indigenous culture, this document option examines life in Tenochtitlan at the time of the Spanish arrival through the records of the remarkable encounter between the Aztecs and Spanish, along with pre-conquest archaeological and visual sources.



HST120 History Workshop

In the History Workshop you will learn the craft of the historian by working with closely with one of our academics on a particular area of their research while simultaneously developing the skills you’ll need to make the step up to university-level historical study.

How do professional historians go about their work? What skills do they need? And, how do they develop them? In this module, you’ll consider these questions by engaging with real historical questions.

Tutors will base their seminars on their own specific research interests, making this module a great way of integrating you into the research culture of the department and giving you real insight into what our historians actually do. Each tutor will then use this area of research as a means of exploring how historians identify and analyse relevant primary sources and navigate historiographical debates, while teaching a range of skills such as critical reading, bibliographic techniques and effective written and oral communication.

You will also develop skills at working both independently and as part of a wider team. The History Workshop has its own on-line learning environment, which enables you to work at your own pace on a series of research exercises. One of the main assessments for this module is a group presentation where you’ll work with other students to research a particular topic and present your findings to the rest of the group.


HST3000 The Uses of History

History suffuses contemporary culture: whether informing political debate, shaping national identity, filling cinema seats, or drawing visitors to museums and castles, the past exerts a hold on our imagination that extends far beyond the boundaries of university lecture halls. In recent years, though, the borders between professional and public history – borders that have been well-policed for over a century – have begun to blur. Novel ways of producing and presenting historical knowledge – from community heritage projects to websites like Wikipedia – have prompted historians to rethink the way they present themselves and their work to the non-academic world.


Administrative Duties

Administrative Duties

Level Three Dual Honours Tutor

Unfair Means Officer