Associate Professor Ian Hesketh

Associate Professor

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Ian Hesketh is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. Most broadly, his research considers the relationship between history, science, and religion with a focus on nineteenth-century Britain. He is currently working on a large-scale history of the evolutionary epic. In 2017 he was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship for a project entitled "The Place of History in Science: Reassessing the Darwinian Revolution." His latest book, Victorian Jesus: J. R. Seeley, Religion, and the Cultural Significance of Anonymity was published in October 2017.

Research Interests

  • History of Evolution
  • Charles Darwin and Darwinism
  • History of Science
  • Science and Religion
  • Victorian Britain


  • Doctorate of Philosophy, York(Can.)
  • Master of Arts, York(Can.)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Okanagan University College


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Book Chapter

  • Hesketh, Ian (2022). Imagining the Darwinian Revolution in the Nineteenth Century. Imagining the Darwinian Revolution: Historical Narratives of Evolution from the Nineteenth Century to the Present . (pp. 21-36) edited by Hesketh, Ian. Pittsburgh, PA United States: University of Pittsburgh Press .

  • Hesketh, Ian (2019). Evolution, ethics, and the Metaphysical Society, 1869-1875. The Metaphysical Society (1869-1880): intellectual life in mid-Victorian England. (pp. 185-203) edited by Catherine Marshall, Bernard Lightman and Richard England. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

  • Hesketh, Ian (2019). From Copernicus to Darwin to you: history and the meaning(s) of evolution. Rethinking history, science, and religion: an exploration of conflict and the complexity principle. (pp. 191-205) edited by Bernard Lightman. Pittsburgh, PA, United States: University of Pittsburgh Press.

  • Hesketh, Ian (2018). The future evolution of "Man". Historicizing humans: deep time, evolution, and race in nineteenth-century British sciences. (pp. 193-217) edited by Efram Sera-Shriar. Pittsburgh, PA USA: University of Pittsburgh Press.

  • Hesketh, Ian (2018). The gendering of history. Gender: time. (pp. 103-115) edited by Karin Sellberg. Farmington Hills, MI United States: Macmillan Reference USA/Gale Group Thomson Learning.

  • Hesketh, Ian (2015). Fanatical hatred or brotherly love? Rethinking E. A. Freeman's feud with J. A. Froude. Making History: Edward Augustus Freeman and Victorian Cultural Politics. (pp. 255-272) edited by G. A. Bremner and Jonathan Conlin. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265871.003.0014

  • Hesketh, Ian (2013). Frederick Temple and the essays and reviews controversy. Cultural Olympians: Rugby School's intellectual and spiritual leaders. (pp. 123-136) edited by Patrick Derham. London: University of Buckingham Press.

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