Chair, Professor

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 Version 2015). Most recently, he has published essays on pornography and the idea and history of “situational homosexuality” in the Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) History (edited by Howard Chiang) and a book chapter titled “Hair Health and Hygiene: Meanings, Images, and Politics,” in The Cultural History of Hair in the Modern Age (edited by Geraldine Biddle-Perry). His current book project, titled The Culture of Male Beauty in Britain: From the First Photographs to David Beckham, is forthcoming with the University of Chicago Press. Deslandes is an active member of the American Historical Association (currently serving on the 2020 Annual Meeting Program Committee) and the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS). From 2013-2017 he served as Executive Secretary of the NACBS and, from 2013-2018, 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 and by trying to keep up with his two labradoodles, Tate and Bertie.


Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Modern Britain and the British Empire, Gender and Sexuality


  • Ph.D.—University of Toronto, 1996


Office Location:

Wheeler House, Room 202

Office Hours:

Spring 2020 - Tuesday 2:00-3:30 pm, Thursday 2:00-3:30 pm, Wednesday 2:00-3:00 pm, and by appointment