Timothy Verhoeven


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I am an historian of the United States and France. My research interests include the histories of anti-Catholicism and anticlericalism, Church/State relations and secularism in the nineteenth century. In addition, I have published several works exploring the history of masculinity, with a particular focus on the body and sexuality. 

My new area of research is the history of popular petitioning in the nineteenth century.

I have published three books. In 2018 I published Sexual Crime, Religion and Masculinity in Fin-de-Siècle France: the Flamidien Affair. Drawing on untapped archival records, this book explored the clash between republicans and Catholics when, in 1899, a Catholic teaching brother was accused of murdering a school student.

My new book is Secularists, Religion and Government in Nineteenth-Century America. Drawing on mass petitions to Congress, the book delves into a series of Church/State controversies, and argues that secularism was a vital and flourishing force in nineteenth-century America. 

I teach in both modern European and United States' history, and would happily supervise postgraduate students working in these areas. 



  • United States history
  • French history
  • History of gender and sexuality
  • History of secularism
  • History of Petitioning
  • History of masculinity
  • Nineteenth-century history

Projects 2013 2018

Research Output 2005 2019

Secularists religion and government in nineteenth-century america

Verhoeven, T. C., 2019, Cham Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. 286 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Sexual Crime, Religion and Masculinity in fn-de-siècle France: The Flamidien Affair

Verhoeven, T. C., 2018, Palgrave Macmillan. 122 p. (Genders And Sexualities in History)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

A french dandy in New York: Robert de Montesquiou and American visions of France in the progressive era

Verhoeven, T., 2 Oct 2017, In : Journal of Transatlantic Studies. 15, 4, p. 386-402 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

'Apostles of continence': Doctors and the doctrine of sexual necessity in Progressive-era America

Verhoeven, T., 2017, In : Medical History. 61, 1, p. 89-106 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

'An encouraging precedent': The United States and the separation of church and state in France, 1832-1905

Verhoeven, T. C., 2015, In : French Historical Studies. 38, 3, p. 447 - 472 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar

Religion and Politics in Nineteenth-Century America

Timothy Verhoeven (Contributor)
23 Aug 2018

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar