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About Dr. Howsam

Dr. Leslie Howsam

From January 2015

Distinguished University Professor Emerita at the University of Windsor

Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Digital Humanities, Ryerson University

Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.


Ph.D., Modern British History, York University, 1989.

University of Windsor, Department of History, 1993 - 2014.

President, Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing, 2009-2013.

Recent Honours

Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, 2015.

D. F. McKenzie Lecture, Victoria University of Wellington, 2012.

Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge, 2012; elected Life Member of the College.

Visiting Fellow with the research group “History in Popular Cultures of Knowledge” (Historische Lebenswelten in populären Wissenkulturen der Gegenwart), University of Freiburg, 2011.

James P. R. Lyell Reader in Bibliography 2005-2006, University of Oxford

Selected Grants and Awards

University of Windsor Award for Excellence in Research & Scholarship, 2012.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Standard Research Grant, 2007-2010. Awarded for the project “Public History in Print Culture: England’s Past in Victorian Periodicals”.

Falconer Madan Prize, Bibliographical Society (London), 2002.

University of Windsor, Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship, 2002.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Standard Research Grant, 1999-2002.  Awarded for project “Academic Discipline / Popular Genre: Historians and the book 1850-1950.”

Selected Publications

Cambridge Companion to the History of the Book, ed Leslie Howsam. Cambridge University Press, 2015. Includes chapters “The Study of Book History” and “Book History in the Classroom”, both by Howsam.

“The practice of book and print culture: sources, methods, readings,” in The Perils of Print Culture: Book, Print and Publishing History in Theory and Practice, ed Eve Patten and Jason McElligott (Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

 "Growing Up with History in the Victorian Periodical Press". In: Barbara Korte and Sylvia Paletschek (eds.), Popular History Now and Then: International Perspectives. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2012. pp. 55-71.

L. Howsam & James Raven, eds. Books between Europe and the Americas: Connections and Communities, 1620-1860, Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

L. Howsam and Jane McLeod, eds. Memoires du Livre/Studies in Book Culture. Vol 2, No. 1.

Past into Print: the publishing of History in Britain 1850-1950. Based on my Lyell Lectures in Bibliography. London and Toronto: British Library and University of Toronto Press; 2009.

“History and journalism” in Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism, eds. Laurel Brake and Marysa Demoor. London: British Library, 2009, 282-3.

“Perspective: What the Victorians Learned: Perspectives on Nineteenth-Century Schoolbooks,” Journal of Victorian Culture 12 (2): 2007, 262-85, Leslie Howsam, Christopher Stray, Alice Jenkins, James A. Secord and Anna Vaninskaya.

Old Books & New Histories: An Orientation to Studies in Book & Print Culture (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006).

“Imperial Publishers And The Idea Of Colonial History, 1870-1916,” History of Intellectual Culture 5:1 (2005).

“Academic discipline or literary genre?: The establishment of boundaries in historical writing.” Victorian Literature & Culture 32:2 (2004), 525-45..

Kegan Paul ‑‑ a Victorian Imprint: Publishers, Books and Cultural History (Toronto: University of Toronto Press; London: Kegan Paul International, 1998) 


Society for Digital Humanities (Canada)
Canadian Association for the Study of Book Culture (President 2004-2010)
Association Québecoise pour l’étude de l’imprimé
Canadian Historical Association
American Historical Association
Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (Vice-President 2005-9; President 2009-13)
Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (Board Member since 2005)
Bibliographical Society of Canada
Bibliographical Society of America
North American Conference on British Studies
British Association for Victorian Studies
Victorian Studies Association of Ontario