Personal Statement:

Dr. Jarett Henderson earned his PhD from York University in Toronto, and an MA and BA in History from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg (Canada). Jarett is a specialist in the history of gender and sexuality, the history of colonial North America, and comparative histories of British settler-colonialism. He is especially interested in how debates about colonial rule in the nineteenth century British Empire were wrapped up with larger empire-wide discussions about gender, sexuality, and unfreedom that were sparked by the abolition of slavery, the protection of Indigenous peoples, and the transportation of convicts. His current research project explores the history of sexuality and settler self-government in the British North American colonies in the first half of the nineteenth century.

Selected Publications:

  • “I Did Not Understand This Behaviour”: Same-Sex Intimacy, Touch, and the Physical Boundaries of Manhood in the 1838 Markland Investigation,” (Manuscript submitted for publication).
  • “Self-Government as Settler-Colonialism: Giving and Taking Political Liberties in Britain’s North American colonies.” In The Oxford Handbook of Revolutionary Elections in the Americas, 1800-1910, Edited by Eduardo Posada-Carbó and Andrew W. Robertson. Oxford: Oxford University Press, (Manuscript submitted for publication).

  • “‘The Most Infamous Degradation of the Honour of Civil Government’: The Turton Job and the Sexual Politics of Colonial Rule in 1830s Britain and British North America,” Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History21:1 (Spring 2020). 

  • “‘A difference of race’? Racializing, Difference, and Governance in British Debates about the colony of Lower Canada, 1828-1837,” with Bettina Bradbury. In Engaging with Diversity: Multidisciplinary Reflections on Plurality from Quebec, edited by Stéphan Gervais, Raffaele Iacovino and Mary-Anne Poutanen. Bruxelles: Peter Lang Publishing, 2018.

  • “‘From One Part of the Empire to Another’: Promoting a Settler-Colonial Future in Canadian Immigration Handbooks in the Late-Nineteenth Century”. In From Suffragette to Homesteader: Exploring One Woman’s Memoir on Life in England and Canada, edited by Emily van der Meulen. Winnipeg: Fernwood Publishing, 2018.

  • “Sex, Scandal, and Punishment in Early Toronto,” with Ed Jackson. In Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer, edited by Lornic, J., McCaskell, T., Fitzgerald, M., Farrow, J., and Chambers, S. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2016, pp. 86-90. (Shortlisted for 2017 City of Toronto Book Prize).

  • “Banishment to Bermuda: Gender, Race, Empire, Independence, and the Abolition of Irresponsible Government in Lower Canada,” Histoire sociale / Social History 46:92 (2013): pp. 321-48. (republished in, Sean Kheraj and Tom Peace, Eds., Open History Seminar: Canadian History, Pressbooks: 2018).

  • “‘No Money, But Muscle and Pluck’: Cultivating Trans-Imperial Manliness for the Fields of Empire, 1870-1901,” Making It Like A Man: Canadian Masculinities in Practice, edited by Christine Ramsay. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2011, pp. 17-37.

  •  “‘I Am Pleased With My Lambton Loot’: Arthur George Doughty and the Making of the Durham Papers”. Archivaria 70 (2010): pp. 153-176.

Courses Taught:


  • HIST 2C – World History (Fall 2019)
  • HIST 101G – Contested Sexualities (Winter 2020)
  • HIST 141A – Nineteenth-Century Britain (Winter 2020)
  • HIST 200G – Comparative Histories of Sex, Gender, and Colonialism (Winter 2020)
  • HIST 141R – Undergraduate Research Seminar in Modern British History (Spring 2020)
  • HIST 101WR – Undergraduate Research Seminar in World History (Spring 2020)


  • HIST 124A – Women, Gender and Sexuality in Europe, 1750-1914 (Fall 2018)
  • HIST 141A – Nineteenth-Century Britain (Winter 2019)
  • INT 187AE – Cheers: The History and Science of Beer, Ale, and Brewers (Transfer Discovery Seminar), with Dr. Mike Wilton, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (Winter 2019)
  • HIST 141R – Undergraduate Research Seminar in Modern British History (Spring 2019)
  • HIST 101G – Contested Sexualities (Spring 2019)

Honors and Professional Activities:

  • Coordinator, Gender and Sexualities Research Cluster, Department of History, UC Santa Barbara (2018 – )
  • Histoire sociale / Social History, English Language Book Review Editor (2011 – 2017).
  • Canadian Historical Association, Annual Meeting Program Committee (U Calgary, 2016).
  • Canadian Historical Association, Annual Meeting Program Committee (U Victoria, 2013).
  • Canadian Historical Association, Annual Meeting Program Committee (York U, 2006).
  • Canadian Historical Association, Annual Meeting Program Committee (U Manitoba, 2004).

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