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Danielle Kinsey

Assistant Professor

Degrees:BA, MA (Calgary), PhD (Illinois)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2832
Office:422 Paterson Hall

Danielle Kinsey focuses on the history of 19th century Britain and empire, comparative women’s and gender history, and global history. She is particularly interested in studying transnational connections and commodity chains that show the centuries-old development of globalization and how interconnection has been formative in the making of the modern world. Her current book project examines Britain’s role in the development of the global diamond trade in the nineteenth century in terms of metropolitan consumer culture, political economy, and imperial authority.  She is also embarking on a new project about photography and sexual revolution in the twentieth century.  Dr. Kinsey completed her MA at the University of Calgary and her PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Professor Kinsey is open to accepting new graduate students.

Research Interests

  • The development of global commodity chains, particularly as they pertain to Imperial Britain; nineteenth-century gold and diamond rushes in a global perspective
  • Mining history, especially in Brazil, India, South Africa, and Cornwall, UK
  • The connections between trade, consumption, shopping, material culture, and modern imperialism
  • British empire and culture; imperial, colonial, postcolonial, and global studies; transnationalism
  • Histories of women, gender, and the body; British definitions of childhood, child labor, and the family
  • Visual culture; the sexual revolution; photography

Honours and Awards

2014 New Faculty Excellence in University Teaching Award
2013-2015 SSHRC Insight Grant, “Photography and the Sexual Revolution”
2007 Sir James Lougheed Award of Distinction
Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities Fellowship
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship

Select Publications

“Koh-i-Noor: Empire, Diamonds, and the Performance of British Material Culture,” Journal of British Studies, 48:2 (April 2009), 391-419.

Atlantic World Mining, Child Labor, and the Transnational Construction of Childhood in Imperial Britain in the Mid-Nineteenth Century,” Atlantic Studies, 11:4 (December 2014), 449-72.

“Assessing Imperialism,” in The Cambridge World History, volume 7, edited by J.R. McNeill and Kenneth Pomeranz, (Cambridge: University of Cambridge Press, 2015), 331-65.

Recent Graduate Supervisions

Dave Wielusiewicz, MA Thesis: “Consuming India: The Influence of Nineteenth-Century Fiction on British Consumer Culture,” (2012)

Samuel McCready, MA Thesis: “Propriety, Performance, and Desire: An Analysis of Consumer Culture in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain,” (2013, co-supervised with Mark S. Phillips)

Arpita Bajpeyi, MA Public History: “Cosmopolitan Kodai: Class, Nature, History and the Performance of Exclusivity in a Postcolonial Hill Station,” (2014)

Erin Gurski, MA Thesis: “From Acceptance to Assimilation: The Changing Role of Travellers in the (Re)Creation of Irish Nationalism, 1920s-1950s,” (2014, co-supervised with Susan B. Whitney)