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Queen's University

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Associate Professor

Phone: 613-533-6000, ext: 74363
Fax: 613-533-6298
Office: Watson Hall225


Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1997
M.Phil., Oxford University, 1991
B.A., Wilfrid Laurier University, 1989   


An intellectual historian specializing in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Canada, Jeff McNairn is particularly interested in state-civil society relations, the public sphere and print culture, British imperialism and neo-British settler societies, and the history of liberalism. He is currently working on a collaborative cultural history of taxation in Canada and a book project entitled "Insolvent, Imprisoned, Bankrupt: Failure and the Law in Common-Law British North America 1752-1869." He is also co-editor of the Canadian Historical Review.

Courses Taught


HIST 269: Nineteenth-Century Canadian Political History
HIST234: Canadian Political History
HIST359: Ontario History
HIST431: Atlantic Canada
HIST433: Power, Authority, and the State in Early Canada
HIST436 Selected Topics in Canadian Legal History 


HIST804: Atlantic World
HIST805: British North America
HIST 839: State and Civil Society in B.N.A./Canada to 1914
Principal Fields of Graduate Supervision: British North America, 1750-1870; Canadian intellectual history; state formation and the law

Major Publications

The Capacity to Judge: Public Opinion and Deliberative Democracy in Upper Canada, 1791-1854, University of Toronto Press, 2000

‘Why We Need But Don't Have an Intellectual History of the British North American Economy,' in Damien-Claude Bélanger, Michel Ducharme, and Sophie Coupal, dir., Les idées en mouvement: perspectives en histoire intellectuelle et culturelle du Canada, Laval University Press, 2004

‘Meaning and Markets: Hunting, Economic Development and British Imperialism in Maritime Travel Narratives to 1870,' Acadiensis, Summer 2005

‘"Everything was new, yet familiar": British Travellers, Halifax and the Ambiguities of Empire," Acadiensis, Spring 2007

‘The Malthusian Moment: British Travellers and the Vindication of Economic Liberalism in the Maritime Countryside,' in Nancy Christie, ed., Transatlantic Subjects: Ideas, Institutions, and Social Experience in Post-Revolutionary British North America, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2008

‘British Travellers, Nova Scotia's Black Communities and the Problem of Freedom to 1860,' Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, 2008

‘In Hope and Fear: Intellectual History, Liberalism, and the Liberal Order Framework,' in Jean-François Constant and Michel Ducharme, eds., Liberalism and Hegemony: Debating the Canadian Liberal Revolution, University of Toronto Press, 2009

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