Timothy Verhoeven

Assoc Professor

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Personal profile


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. 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

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