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Dr Sophie Brockmann

Job: Senior Lecturer in History

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Humanities

Research group(s): History

Address: The Gateway, De Montfort University (DMU), Leicester, UK , LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 207 8880




Personal profile

I am a historian of modern Central America, specialising in the role of scientific enquiry in Central America from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. My research and teaching interests include Global History, Latin American History, History of Science (especially history of geography and cartography), and Environmental History.

Research group affiliations


Key research outputs

I am currently working on two projects: the manuscript for a book which is based on my PhD dissertation, entitled "Science and Enlightenment in Central America: Visions of Useful Nature, 1770-1838", contracted to Cambridge University Press, and a new project entitled "Landscapes of Science in Central America, 1890-1840" on the intersections between environmental history, business history and history of science in Guatemala and Honduras. I have also published peer-reviewed journal articles in Colonial Latin American Review and Cuadernos de Historia Moderna.

Research interests/expertise

History of Science, Latin American History (especially Central America), Environmental History


I hold a BA in Ancient and Modern History from Oxford, and an MPhil and PhD in History of Science from Cambridge. I have taught at the University of Pennsylvania, The Open University, and De Montfort University.

Courses taught

  • HIST1002 Presenting and Re-Presenting the Past (BA)
  • HIST1009 The Making of the Modern World
  • HIST2021 The Historian’s Craft (BA)
  • HUMS5002 Humanities Research Training (MA / PhD)
  • HIST5040 Historical Methods (MA)

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Teaching Indigenous Histories Network

Conference attendance

Conferences organised: Gender and Materiality in Latin American History (ILAS, London, 2016); Global Histories of Archaeology in the Field (ILAS, London, 2016); Nature and Knowledge in Latin America: New Historical Perspectives  (ILAS, London, 2015).

Conference panel organised: People and Technology: Road-Building Across Three Continents (American Historical Association Meeting 2015, New York)

Presentations at conferences including:

  • Society for Latin American Studies Conference, Liverpool, 2016
  • History of Science Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 2015
  • American Historical Association, Washington, DC, 2014
  • International Congress for History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Manchester, 2013
  • World Economic History Congress, Stellenbosch, 2012

Externally funded research grants information

  • Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program, Washington DC, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship, Newberry Library, Chicago
  • The John Carter Brown Library, Barbara S. Mosbacher Research Fellowship, Providence, RI
  • Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Predoctoral Fellowship
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council studentship (MA and PhD research)
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