Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Jeffrey Collins

Collins.JPGAssociate Professor

Early Modern Britain
Intellectual History/History of Political Thought
History of Religion


Phone: 613-533-6000, ext: 74357
Fax: 613-533-6298
Office: Watson Hall, Room 205



Ph.D., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1999
B.A., Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont, 1992 


Jeffrey R. Collins is an Associate Professor of History at Queen's. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1999 and served, for three years, as a Harper Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago. He has published numerous articles on early modern religion, politics, and political thought, and is regular book reviewer for publications such as the Wall Street Journal and the Times Literary Supplement. His first book, The Allegiance of Thomas Hobbes, was published by Oxford University Press in 2005. He is currently writing a second book on early modern religious conflict and the origins of liberal political order.

Courses Taught

History 242: Rise of the British Empire
History 287: England Under the Tudors and Stuarts
History 329: Intellectual History of Early Modern Europe
History 418: The English Revolution
History 440: Britain in the Enlightenment Era
History 891: Topics in Early Modern European History (graduate seminar)
History 901: Approaches to History (graduate seminar)

Major Publications


In the Shadow of Leviathan: John Locke and the Politics of Conscience, Cambridge University Press, “Ideas in Context”. 2020.

The Allegiance of Thomas Hobbes, Oxford University Press, published October 2005.


"The Lost Historiography of Liberalism." Review of Politics 81 (2019), 673-688. 

"‘Civill Warres in all places of Christendome’: Hobbes’s account of religious conflict.” Hobbes on Politics and Religion, eds. Robin Douglass and Laurens con Apeldoorn (Oxford University Press, 2017).

“Thomas Hobbes’s Ecclesiastical History,” in The Oxford Handbook of Hobbes, eds. A.P. Martinich and Kinch Hoekstra (Oxford, 2016) 520-544.

“Malcolm’s Leviathan: Hobbes’s Thing,” Modern Intellectual History 12 (2015), 95-120. 

"Thomas Hobbes: Father of Atheists," for Atheism and Deism Revalued, 1650-1800: Heterodox Religious Identities in Britain, ed. Diego Lucci and Wayne Hudson (forthcoming from Ashgate, 2014).

"Thomas Hobbes, Heresy, and the Theological Project of Leviathan," Hobbes Studies (2013), 6-33.

"The Early Modern Foundations of Classic Liberalism," in Oxford Handbook of the History of Political Philosophy, ed. George Klosko (Oxford, 2011), 258-282.

"Restoration Anti-Catholicism: A Prejudice in Motion," in England's Wars of Religion Revisited, ed. Charles Prior and Glenn Burgess (Ashgate, 2011), 281-306.

"Quentin Skinner's Hobbes and the Neo-Republican Project," Modern Intellectual History 5 (2009), 343-67.

"Redeeming the Enlightenment: New Histories of Religious Toleration," Journal of Modern History 81, n.3 (2009), 607-36.

"Interpreting the Religion of Thomas Hobbes: an Exchange," with A.P. Martinich, Journal of the History of Ideas 70 (2009), 165-180.

"Silencing Thomas Hobbes: the Presbyterians and Leviathan" in The Cambridge Companion to Hobbes' Leviathan, ed. Patricia Springborg (Cambridge, 2007).

"Thomas Hobbes and the Blackloist Conspiracy of 1649." Historical Journal 45, n. 2 (2002).

"The Church Settlement of Oliver Cromwell." History 87, n. 285 (2002).

"Christian Ecclesiology and the Composition of Leviathan: a Newly Discovered Letter to Thomas Hobbes." Historical Journal 43, n. 1 (2000).

"The Restoration Bishops and the Royal Supremacy" Church History 68, n. 3 (1999).