University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History

Faculty - Paul Deslandes, Chair

Paul Deslandes

Paul Deslandes, Chair (Associate Professor)

  • Ph.D.—University of Toronto, 1996
  • C.V.
Area of expertise

Modern Britain and the British Empire, Gender and Sexuality

Contact Information
Email: Paul Deslandes

Office Hours, Location and Class Schedule

Paul Deslandes, a Connecticut native, joined the department in 2004. He is a specialist in British history, the history of the British Empire, and the history of gender and sexuality. In addition to offering courses in these fields at UVM, he also teaches classes on the history of London and on twentieth-century British culture. Deslandes earned his B.A. at Trinity College in Hartford, CT and his M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Toronto. Before arriving in Burlington, he spent five years on the faculty at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

Deslandes has written articles and reviews for the American Historical Review, Gender and History, Journal of British Studies, Journal of the History of Sexuality, Journal of Women’s History, Victorian Studies, History of Education Quarterly, History Compass, and Connecticut Medicine and is the author of Oxbridge Men: British Masculinity and the Undergraduate Experience, 1850-1920 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005/Paperback 2015) ( Most recently, he has published “Selling, Consuming, and Becoming the Beautiful Man in Britain: The 1930s and 1940s,” in Erika D. Rappaport, Sandra Trudgeon Dawson, and Mark J. Crowley, eds., Consuming Behaviours: Identity, Politics, and Pleasure in Twentieth-Century Britain (London: Bloomsbury, 2015). He is also the author of the forthcoming “Hair Health and Hygiene: Meanings, Images, and Politics,” to be published, by Bloomsbury in 2018, in The Cultural History of Hair in the Modern Age (Volume 6, 1920-2000). His current book project, titled The Culture of Male Beauty in Britain: From the First Photographs to David Beckham, should be completed soon. Additionally, he is also at work on a multivolume collection of documents for Routledge titled Empire, Gender, and Sexuality.

Deslandes is an active member of the American Historical Association and the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS). He also serves as President of the Northeast Conference on British Studies, Executive Secretary of the NACBS, and as Chief Reader of the College Board’s AP European History program.

In addition to regular travel for research and pleasure, Deslandes enjoys outdoor life in Vermont and the Adirondacks and tries to stay in shape by running, skiing, and hiking.


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