Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Virginia Vandenberg

Ph.D. Candidate
British Imperial History, Gender History, Historiography, Social History of Science





2014       MA, History, Queen’s University, “Julia Cartwright, Cecilia Ady, and Negotiations of Class and Gender in the Nineteenth-Century Historical Discipline.”

2012       BA, History, extended minor in English Literature, University of the Fraser Valley


Virginia Vandenberg is a PhD candidate and teaching fellow in the History Department at Queen’s University, with a concentration in British imperial, gender, and social histories of science. Her research interests also include nineteenth-century print culture and historiography. More specifically, her work examines whether diverse forms of scientific work in which British women were engaged, including writing or translating scientific texts, illustrating, assisting male scientists in their work, or participating in amateur scientific societies and associations, were critical to the construction of imperial scientific culture, both in Britain and in its colonies.

Conference Presentations

2017       Paper accepted, “Cultures of Imperialism” Workshop, North American Conference of British Studies, Denver, Colorado, November 3-5

Invited paper, “Women, Men, and Plants in C19 Canada: New Resources, New Perspectives” Conference, led by Ann Shteir at York University, October 19-20

“Essentially Feminine:” Gender, “Boundary Work” and the Periodical Press in the Nineteenth-Century Historical Discipline. Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities, Hofstra University, NY.

2016       “Charlotte Yonge, Edith Thompson and ‘Boundary Work’ in Nineteenth-Century Periodicals.” Research Society for Victorian Periodicals Conference, University of Missouri-Kansas City.

2014       “Civilizing Influences: Gender and the Empire in Nineteenth-Century British Museums.” Carleton Underhill Colloquium, Ottawa.

2014       “Civilizing Influences: Gender and the Empire in Nineteenth-Century British Museums.” McGill-Queen’s Graduate Conference, Montreal.