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). Most recently, he has published essays entitled “Visual Victorians: A Response,” Victorian Studies (2014); “The Cultural Politics of Gay Pornography in 1970s Britain” in Brian Lewis, ed. British Queer History: New Approaches and Perspectives (2013); and “Exposing, Adorning, and Dressing the Body in the Modern Era,” in Kate Fisher and Sarah Toulalan, eds. The Routledge History of Sex and the Body in the West, 1500 to the Present (2013). His current book project, titled The Culture of Male Beauty in Britain: From the First Photographs to David Beckham, should be completed by early 2016. Deslandes is an active member of the American Historical Association and the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS). He also serves as 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.