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Josh Weisenberg-Vincent


Josh studies the history of slavery, abolitionism, and emancipation in the British Empire during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His undergraduate thesis re-examines the relationship between capitalism and slavery and questions the age-old notion that slavery was uneconomical and thus non-modern. Josh’s SSHRC-supported masters thesis analyzes the gap between the theory and practice of amelioration in the British Empire during the early nineteenth century. He will commence his SSHRC-funded doctoral research at Queen’s University in the fall of 2022.

Josh is a Teaching Assistant in the Department of History and has worked on the following courses: HIST 215—Sports and Spectacle of Violence; HIST 216—US Civil War and Reconstruction; HIST 228—Global History of Pandemics; and HIST 275—The African American Experience. During the summer of 2022, Josh was appointed by the Faculty of Arts and Science as a Teaching Fellow for the course QGSP 200—Global Goals: Introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Awards and recognition
  • Department of History's MA Thesis Prize (2023)
  • SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (2022-2026)
  • Tri-Agency Recipient Recognition Award (2022)
  • Faculty of Arts and Science Dean's Award for Social Justice (2022)
  • SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master's (2021-2022)
  • Andrew Haydon Prize in Colonial History (2020)
Graduate supervision

Josh is pleased to continue his doctoral research under the supervision of Dr. Amitava Chowdhury.

Department of History, Queen's University

49 Bader Lane, Watson Hall 212
Kingston ON K7L 3N6




Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.