Jessica Harland-Jacobs

Office: 225 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 Religious History, Journal of British Studies, Journal for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism, the Geographical Review, and Atlantic Studies. Her current book project examines the incorporation of Catholic colonies into the British Empire from the early eighteenth to the early nineteenth century. It explores British attitudes and policies towards their “new subjects” as well as the experiences of Catholics as they became subjects of a Protestant empire in a period of global war and imperial expansion. A related project looks at the many Protestant settlement schemes proposed for “peopling” the British Empire during the eighteenth century.

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 as Associate Chair and Undergraduate Coordinator and, currently, Director of the Honors Program in the Department of History.

Recent Publications
“Incorporating the King’s New Subjects: Accommodation and Anti-Catholicism in the British Empire, 1713-1815,” Journal of Religious History 39, 2 (June 2015): 203-23.

“Freemasonry and Colonialism” and “Freemasonry and Eastern Religions” (with Jan Snoek) in Henrik Bogdan and Jan A. M. Snoek (eds), Handbook of Freemasonry (Brill, 2014): 439-60 and 258-276.

“Global Brotherhood: Freemasonry, Empires, and Globalization,” Special Issue, Revista de Estudios Históricos de la Masoneria (2013): 70-86.

“Networks for Migrations and Mobility,” in Oxford Bibliographies Online (2013).

Recent Conferences and Talks
“Catholic Institutions and the Problem of Incorporation in the Eighteenth-century British Empire,” Alternative States Workshop III: Religion and Governance, University of California, Berkeley, CA (2015)

“’Appealing to His Britannic Majesty for His Special Protection’: The Maltese Campaign to Become British, 1798-1815,” North American Conference on British Studies, Minneapolis, MN (2014)

“Freemasonry, Empire, and Globalization,” 2nd International Conference on Freemasonry: A Global Perspective, Past and Present, UCLA (2013)

“The British Empire and the Natural World,“ Knowing Nature: Naturalist Illustration from Art to Science series, Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (2011)

Keynote lectures
Gainesville Masonic Lodge No. 41 Open House, Gainesville, FL (2013)

“Freemasonry Across Empires,” Canonbury Masonic Research Centre XIII International Conference, London, England (2011)

“Global Fraternalism: Canadian Freemasons, the British Empire, and the World,” The Charles A. Sankey Lecture in Masonic Studies, Brock University, St. Catherine’s, Canada (2011)

“British Imperial Freemasonry and the Military Lodge in the Age of Revolution, 10th Annual California Masonic Symposium: Masonry, Military and the Emergence of American Democracy, San Francisco, CA (2010)

“Worlds of Brothers,” National Heritage Museum Symposium: New Perspectives on American Freemasonry and Fraternalism, Lexington, MA (2010)