Britain and Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries, Early Modern Europe, European Intellectual History
Bachelor of Arts, University of Victoria, 2009
Master's of Arts, University of Victoria, 2011
I am interested in the relationship between religion, unbelief and the development of modern social and political thought. I am under the co-supervision of Professor Sandra den Otter and Professor Andrew Jainchill. My dissertation will look at the relationship between empire and unbelief in nineteenth-century Britain. Specific themes I am studying include the ways in which knowledge derived from empire informed the development of religious comparisons which atheists and secularists used to criticize the British state and the established church. I am also interested in how atheistic materialism and positivism informed ideas of progress and an imperial civilizing mission.
"From the Margins: A Roundtable on Atheism and Unbelief in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Britain and Canada," Canadian Historical Association Annual Meeting, Victoria, British Columbia (June, 2013).
"Secularism, Comparative Religion, and Political Criticism in Victorian Britain," Queen's-McGill Conference, Kingston, Ontario (March, 2013).
"Atheism and the Philosophy of Bernard Mandeville (1670-1733)," University of Victoria Qualicum History Conference, Parksville, British Columbia (January 2011).
Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2013-14
R.S. McLaughlin Fellowship, 2012
Queen's Graduate Award, 2012
Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2011-12
University of Victoria Graduate Award, 2010
University of Victoria, Department of History, Department Excellence Award, 2009
1990 Learned Societies Scholarship, 2009