Jessica Harland-Jacobs

Office: 25 Keene-Flint Hall
Phone: (352) 273-3382
Fax: (352) 392-6927
Mailing address:
Department of History
University of Florida
P.O. Box 117320
Gainesville, FL 32611-7320

Associate Professor Jessica Harland-Jacobs received her BA in history from Cornell University in 1992 and her MA and PhD (2000) from Duke University, where she studied British, imperial, and Canadian history and historical geography. Her first book, Builders of Empire: Freemasonry and British Imperialism, 1717-1927, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2007. She has published articles in The Journal of British StudiesThe Geographical Review, and Atlantic Studies, and a new article will appear in the forthcoming volume of the Journal for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism.

While she continues to devote much of her time to researching, writing, and speaking about the history of Freemasonry, she is also working on a project investigating Catholics in the British Isles and British Empire in the decades after the Seven Years War. She is examining policies and attitudes on the part of the British toward Catholics, as well as the experiences of Catholics in old colonies like Ireland and ceded territories such as Grenada and Quebec.

Professor Harland-Jacobs teaches courses on modern Britain and the British Empire, Ireland, imperialism, and the Atlantic world. She has won department, college, and university teaching awards and has served in several administrative positions including, currently, as Associate Chair of the Department of History.