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Queen's University

Ian Hesketh

Assistant Editor and Project Manager
Oxford History of Historical Writing
and Research Associate

Phone: 613-533-6000, ext: 75164
Fax: 613-533-6298
Office: M-C F408


PhD York University, 2006
MA York University, 2001
BA Okanagan University College (distinction), 2000


Ian Hesketh is an intellectual historian who researches in the field of Victorian Britain. His work focuses primarily on the relationship between the sciences and the humanities and in particular on the attempt to make history a science. He has also written about the reception of Darwinism and the relationship between science and religion. He is currently the Assistant Editor and Project Manager of the Oxford History of Historical Writing, a five-volume study edited by Daniel Woolf.

Courses Taught

Courses previously taught at the University of British Columbia

Hist 334: Europe in the Nineteenth Century
Hist 402: Problems in International Relations: Diplomacy and the Origins of Wars
Hist 417: British History, 1850-1918
Hist 116: Western Civilization, 1450-1789
Phil 419A: Philosophy of History

Primary Teaching Fields

Modern Europe
Modern Britain
International Relations in the 19th and 20th centuries
Philosophy of History and Historiography
History of Science

Major Publications


The Science of History in Victorian Britain: Making the Past Speak (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2011).

Of Apes and Ancestors: Evolution, Christianity and the Oxford Debate (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009).

Articles in Refereed Journals:

"Behold the (Anonymous) Man: J. R. Seeley and Ecce Homo," Victorian Review 38 (Spring 2012, forthcoming).

"Weapons of Another Kind: Henry Thomas Buckle and the Case of Thomas Pooley,"Left History 15 (Fall/Winter 2010–2011): 85–108.

"Diagnosing Froude's Disease: Boundary Work and the Discipline of History in Late-Victorian Britain," History and Theory 47 (2008): 373–96.

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