Dr Ian Hesketh

ARC Future Fellow

Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Affiliate Academic

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

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

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

  • Hesketh, Ian (2018). The gendering of history. In Karin Sellberg (Ed.), Gender: time (pp. 103-115) 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 eud with J. A. Froude. In G. A. Bremner and Jonathan Conlin (Ed.), Making History: Edward Augustus Freeman and Victorian Cultural Politics (pp. 255-272) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

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

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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Completed Supervision