Ian Hesketh

University of Queensland
Biography and/or project

Ian Hesketh is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for the History of European Discourses, University of Queensland, working with Peter Harrison on the “Science, Progress and History” project, funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation. Most broadly, his research considers the relationship between history, science, and religion in nineteenth-century Britain. His first book, Of Apes and Ancestors: Evolution, Christianity, and the Oxford Debate, examined the early public debates surrounding the publication of Darwin’s Origin of Species and their early historical memorializations. His second book, The Science of History in Victorian Britain, considered the normative scientific methodologies promoted by professionalizing English historians. His new monograph project, tentatively entitled “Darwin and the Historians: Evolution, Progress, and Purpose in Victorian Historical Writing,” will examine the cultural im pact of evolutionary biology on the historical writing of the Victorian period. Before taking up his current position, Ian was the Assistant Editor and Project Manager of The Oxford History of Historical Writing, 5 vols. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011–12).