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. He has also taught at the University of Toronto, Trinity College, and Sweet Briar College.
Deslandes has written articles and reviews for the American Historical Review, Gender and History, Journal of British Studies, Journal of the History of Sexuality, Victorian Studies, History of Education Quarterly, and Connecticut Medicine and is the author of Oxbridge Men: British Masculinity and the Undergraduate Experience, 1850-1920 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005) (http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=22028). Most recently, he has published essays entitled “The Male Body, Beauty, and Aesthetics in Modern British Culture” in History Compass (2010) and “Manly Poses: Identities, Politics, and Lived Experience in the History of Masculinity” in the Journal of Women’s History. His current book project explores the history of male beauty in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain. Deslandes is an active member of the American Historical Association and the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS). He also serves as Associate Executive Secretary of the NACBS and is highly involved in the College Board’s AP European History program.
In addition to regular travel to Europe for research and pleasure, Deslandes enjoys outdoor life in Vermont and the Adirondacks and tries to stay in shape by running, skiing, and hiking.