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Dr. Douglas Peers joined the University of Waterloo in July 2011 as Dean of Arts and Professor of History. Dr. Peers also served as a Board member for the Balsillie School of International Affairs from 2013-2016.

Dr. Peers was previously Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, and Associate Vice-President, Graduate at York University from 2007 to 2011. In 2009, he was elected president of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies, and in 2014 he was re-elected to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Prior to coming to Ontario, he spent twenty years at the University of Calgary where he was Professor of History and Associate Dean and Interim Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. In 2004, he was Interim Vice-President (Programs) of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He has sat on a number of boards including the management board of Aid to Scholarly Publications Program of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences from 2005 to 2012 and the Board of Directors of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute from 1996 to 2005. In 1993, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

The author of two books and co-editor of four collections, Dr. Peers has published more than twenty articles and chapters on the intellectual, political, medical, and cultural dimensions of 19th century India, with a particular interest in the military and colonial governmentality. He co-edited with Nandini Gooptu, India and the British Empire, a companion volume in the Oxford History of the British Empire series which appeared in the fall of 2012. In that volume he provided a chapter on the colonial state that stressed the extent to which military influences and strategic imperatives shaped the political economy of colonial India.

Academic / Professional Awards

  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
  • Professor of History (on leave until Fall 2021)

  • University of Waterloo

  • PhD in History, University of London (King’s College)
  • MA in History, University of Calgary
  • BA in History, University of Calgary


  • 2014. The blind, brutal, British public’s bestial thirst for blood: Archive, Memory and W.H. Russell’s (Re)Making of the Indian Mutiny,. in Gavin Rand and Kaushik Roy London: Routledge.
  • Douglas M Peers and Nandini Gooptu, eds. 2012. The Oxford History of the British Empire Companion Series Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • 2011. Military Revolutions and South Asia,. in Wayne E Lee ed ¸ New York: NYU Press 81-108.
  • 2007. Gunpowder Empires and the Garrison State: Modernity, Hybridity and the Political Economy of Colonial India, ca.1750-1860. 27: 245-258.
  • 2006. The Raj’s Other Great Game: Policing the Sexual Frontiers of the Indian Army in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century,.
    in Anupama Rao and Stephen Pierce eds ed Durham NC: Duke University Press 115-50.
  • Colonial Knowledge and the Military in India. 2005. 1780-1860″ 33: 157-180.
  • 1998. Privates Off Parade: Regimenting Sexuality in the Nineteenth-Century Indian Empire,. 20: 823-54.
  • 1998. Soldiers, Surgeons and the Campaigns to Combat Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Colonial India, 1805-1860,. 42: 137-60.
  • 1997. ‘Those Noble Exemplars of the True Military Tradition’; Constructions of the Indian Army in the Mid-Victorian Press,. 31: 109-142.
  • 1995. Sepoys, Soldiers and the Lash: Race, Caste and Army Discipline in India, 1820-1850,. 23: 211-247.
  • 1862. The more this foul case is stirred, the more offensive it becomes’: Imperial Authority, Victorian Sentimentality and the Court Martial of Colonel Crawley, 1862-1864.
    “The more this foul case is stirred the more offensive it becomes’: Imperial Authority Victorian Sentimentality and the Court Martial of Colonel Crawley -1864” in Sameetah Agha and Elizabeth Kolsky eds New Delhi: Oxford University Press 2009 207-35.
  • 1819. Between Mars and Mammon: Colonial Armies and the Garrison State in India -1835 London: IB Tauris 1995.
  • 1800. Imperial Vice: Sex, Drink and the Health of British Troops in North Indian Cantonments, 1800-1858,. “Imperial Vice: Sex Drink and the Health of British Troops in North Indian Cantonments -1858” in David Killingray and David Omissi eds Manchester: Manchester University Press 1999 25-52.
  • 1780. Army Discipline, Military Cultures, and State Formation in Colonial India, ca.1780-1860. “Army Discipline Military Cultures and State Formation in Colonial India ca-1860” in Huw Bowen Elizabeth Mancke and John Reid eds c1550-1850 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2012 282-308.
  • 1700. India Under Colonial Rule: –1885 London: Longman 2006.

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