Claudia Ruth Brosseder

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Research Interests

native Andean history, colonial history in Peru, intellectual history, chroniclers, history of religion, intellectual history in the early modern transatlantic world

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Claudia Brosseder is Associate professor of colonial Latin American history at the University of Illinois. Brosseder’s research focuses on the indigenous world of colonial Peru, as well as on the intellectual history of colonial Peru in a transatlantic setting. She is particularly interested in reconstructing the colonial Andean world from the vantage point of the Andean people. Over the course of her studies Brosseder has gained expertise in two  distinct areas of scholarship: the intellectual history of early modern Europe and the history of the colonial Andes.

She has authored the book: The Power of Huacas. Change and Resistance in the Andean World of colonial Peru (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2014), which won the 2015 Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in the category of Historical Studies by the American Academy of Religion. Her first book Im Bann der Sterne. Caspar Peucer, Philipp Melanchthon und andere Wittenberger Astrologen (Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2004), is a study of the role of astrology among sixteenth century Protestants.


Ph.D.: Munich University, Habilitation: Munich University

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309 Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801

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Research Output

Secularizing the Andes: The Effects of Transcultural Processes on Colonial Andean Rituals

Brosseder, C., Jul 10 2018, The Rites Controversies in the Early Modern World. Županov, I. & Fabre, P. A. (eds.). Brill, p. 301-321 (Studies in Christian Mission; vol. 53).

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The Conquest of the Andes from Andean Perspectives

Brosseder, C. R., Oct 18 2018, The Andean World. Seligman, L. J. & Fine-Dare, K. S. (eds.). Routledge, p. 161-174 14 p. (Routledge Worlds).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • To Make Christianity Fit: The Process of Christianization from an Andean Perspective

    Brosseder, C. R., Dec 2017, Words and Worlds Turned Around: Indigenous Christianities in Colonial Latin America. Tavárez, D. (ed.). Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado, p. 220-241

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Bernabé Cobo’s Recreation of an Authentic America in Colonial Peru

    Brosseder, C. R., May 23 2016, God in the Enlightenment. Bulman, W. J. & Ingram, R. G. (eds.). Oxford University Press, p. 83-106

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Honors & Recognition