Dr. Simon Devereaux

Dr. Simon Devereaux
Position
Associate Professor
History
Credentials

BA, MA, PhD (UofT)

Contact
Office: Cle B218

Area

English legal and institutional history, history of crime, policing and punishment in Western societies.

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Bio

I was born and raised in Nepean, Ontario.  I received my BA in History and Political Science from the University of Toronto in 1989, and stayed there to pursue my MA (1990) and PhD (1997) in British history with J.M. Beattie.  From 1997 to 1999, I held a Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship at Green College, University of British Columbia, where I worked with the late Richard Ericson. Before coming to Victoria in July 2004, I served as Lecturer in British History at the University of Queensland, Australia.

I am currently finishing my first monograph, as well as a website project – "Capital Convicts at the Old Bailey, 1689-1837" –which are the fruition of more than a dozen years archival research.

Selected Publications

Books:

Criminal Justice and English Government, 1750-1810: Convicts and the State (forthcoming)

Database/Website:

The Old Bailey Condemned, 1730-1837 (December 2016)

Articles:

“The Bloodiest Code: Counting Executions and Pardons at the Old Bailey, 1730-1837,” Law, Crime and History, 6 (1, 2016), 1-36

"Inexperienced Humanitarians? William Wilberforce, William Pitt, and the Executions Crisis of the 1780s", Law and History Review "33 (2015), 839-85"

“England’s ‘Bloody Code’ in Crisis and Transition: Executions at the Old Bailey, 1760-1837,” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association 24/2 (2013), 71-113

 “Recasting the Theatre of Execution: The Abolition of the Tyburn Ritual,” Past & Present, No. 202 (Feb 2009), 127-174

 “Imposing the Royal Pardon: Execution, Transportation and Convict Resistance in London, 1789,” Law and History Review, 25 (2007), 101-38

“The Abolition of the Burning of Women in England Reconsidered,” Crime, History & Societies, 9/2 (2005), 73-98

Chapters:

“Arts of Public Performance: Barristers and Actors in Georgian England,” in David Lemmings (ed), Crime, Courtrooms and the Public Sphere in Britain, 1700-1850 (Ashgate, 2012), 93-117

Courses

HSTR 220A History of England to the Glorious Revolution
HSTR 220B History of England from the Glorious Revolution - present
HSTR 313A Britain's Rise to World Power, 1689 - 1837
HSTR 313B English Society 1689 - 1837
HSTR 316B Death and the Afterlife in England, 1750 to the Present
HSTR 320A The British Monarchy since 1689
HSTR 320B Homicide in Modern Britain