Bretton Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Teaching Assistant Professor
Bretton Rodriguez


Bretton Rodriguez is a teaching assistant professor of Core Humanities at the University of Nevada, Reno. Prior to coming to Nevada, Bretton worked as a visiting assistant professor of humanities at Bo─čaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey.

Rodriguez is a specialist in the literature, history and culture of medieval and early modern Iberia. His research focuses on intersections between literature and history in medieval Europe and he works with traditional histories as well as various literary genres, which include epic, romance and the history play. In his research, he uses the skills of both literary criticism and historical inquiry to examine the way that medieval histories evolved into sophisticated literary texts that also served as impactful political propaganda in support of specific rulers, dynasties, communities and ideas.

Research interests

  • Literature and history in Medieval Iberia
  • Medieval English literature
  • Medieval chronicles, epics and romances
  • The Medieval mediterranean
  • Early Modern theater in England and Spain
  • The classical tradition in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
  • Historiography

Courses taught

  • CH 201: Ancient and Medieval Cultures
  • CH 202: The Modern World
  • CH 212: Science, Technology, and Society in the Modern Era


  • "Competing Images of Pedro I: López de Ayala and the Formation of Historical Memory." La corónica: A Journal of Medieval Hispanic Literatures, Languages & Cultures 45.2 (2017): 79-108.
  • "López de Ayala and the Politics of Rewriting the Past." Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies 7.2 (2015): 266-282.


  • Ph.D., Literature (Medieval), University of Notre Dame, 2016
  • M.A, Medieval Studies, University of York, 2007
  • B.A., History, University of Chicago, 2005