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Todd Webb

Todd Webb

Associate Professor, School of Liberal Arts
School of Liberal Arts
Faculty of Arts


Todd Webb is an associate professor in the Department of History at Laurentian University.


  • Ph.D. in History, York University, 2006
  • M.A. in History, York University, 1998
  • B.A. Honours in History and Political Science, University of Toronto, 1997

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, Department of History


ARTICLES: I am currently writing three articles dealing with the last major schism in British Wesleyan Methodism in 1849-54.  The first makes the argument that the division in the British connexion was part of a global crisis in Wesleyan Methodism that affected the churches in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand; the second concentrates on an attempted murder that took place in the industrial village of Yeadon, just south of Leeds in Yorkshire, and its legal, religious, and social contexts; and the third discusses a ministerial sex scandal and its connections with the politics of the New Poor Law (1834). 

BOOK: These articles are laying the groundwork for a large-scale study of a major crisis in British and transoceanic Wesleyanism, as well as other Anglo-American Protestant churches, during the mid-nineteenth century. 


  • 2014: Transatlantic Methodists shortlisted for the Sir John A. Macdonald Prize, Canadian Historical Association
  • 2012: Publication Grant, Aid to Scholarly Publications Programme (SSHRC)
  • 2012: Publication Grant, Laurentian University Research Fund, Laurentian University
  • 2006: nominated for the John Bullen Prize, Canadian Historical Association


I.  Current Year (2020-21)

On sabbatical

II.  Previous Years (2006-2020)

HIST 1206 - Western Civilization: Renaissance to the French Revolution (2007, 2008, 2011, 2018, 2019)

HIST 2026 - Historical Methods (2016)

HIST 2206 - Europe in the Early-Industrial Era (2011)

HIST 2336 - History of the United States to the Civil War (2017, 2019)

HIST 2406 - Early Modern British History (2009, 2011)

HIST 2426 - Modern Britain: 1700 to 1850 (2010, 2012, 2016, 2018)

HIST 2427 - Modern Britain: 1850 to the Present (2010, 2012)

HIST 2507 - France, from the French Revolution to the Present (2013, 2018)

HIST 2566 - Twentieth-Century Europe to World War Two (2018)

HIST 3126 - A History of French Canada (2007, 2009)

HIST 3036 - The City in History (2006, 2008, 2013)

HIST 3226 - Tycoons: The Making of North American Capitalism (2013, 2014)

HIST 3266 - The Canadian West (2007)

HIST 3396 - Special Topics in Nineteenth-Century U.S. History (2015)

HIST 3416 - Protest and Political Change (2014)

HIST 3436 - History of Religion in North America (2015, 2017)

HIST 3456 - The Irish Question: 1798-1998 (2016, 2017)

HIST 3576 - The Americas in the Colonial Era (2008, 2010)

HIST 3806 - History of Revolutions (2008, 2009, 2012, 2015)

HIST 4016 - Directed Readings I: British North America in the Age of Revolution (2006)

HIST 4016 - Directed Readings I: The Mutiny on the Bounty (2013)

HIST 4017 - Directed Readings II: Rebellion and Reform in the Canadas (2007)

HIST 4245 - Canadian Intellectual Traditions (2007, 2009)

HIST 4305 - Revolution and Reform in British North America (2007-8)

HIST 4325 - Colonial America and the Pacific (2008-9)

HIST 4467 - Stuart Britain (2012)

HIST 4496 - Modern Britain I: The Rise and Fall of Liberal England (2009, 2011)

HIST 4497 - Modern Britain II: Britain and the First World War (2010, 2012)

HIST 4606 - The French Revolution: Origins to Thermidor (2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

HIST 4607 - The French Revolution: Thermidor to Napoleon (2011, 2015, 2016, 2017)

HIST 5557 - Select Themes in European History: French Revolution (2021)

III.  M.A. Supervision

I have supervised M.A. research papers on the historical memory of settlement in nineteenth-century central Canada; eighteenth-century Irish history; the political history of the early American republic; gender and politics in Britain during the 1790s; and the environmental history of twentieth-century Canada.


I.  Books

Transatlantic Methodists: British Wesleyanism and the Formation of an Evangelical Culture in Nineteenth-Century Ontario and Quebec.  Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2013.

II.  Chapters in Books

"Bible: History and Politics, 1820-1920." In A Cultural History of the Bible in the Age of Empire. Scott McLaren, ed. London: Bloomsbury Publishing Ltd, forthcoming 2021.

"Introduction." In Persuasion, vii-xxiv. Jane Austen. Montreal: Universitas Press, 2020.

"Emigration, Transatlantic Communication, and Methodist Identity in Nineteenth-Century Ontario and Quebec."  In Religion, Space, and the Atlantic World, 229-45.  John Corrigan, ed.  Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2017.

"'Only Pemmican Eaters': The International Press and Métis Identity, 1869-85."  In Aboriginal History: A Reader, 151-63.  Kristin Burnett and Geoff Read, eds.  Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2012.  With Geoff Read.  (Reprinted in a second edition (2016), 164-178.)

"How the Canadian Methodists Became British: Unity, Schism and Transatlantic Identity, 1827-1854."  In Transatlantic Subjects: Ideas, Institutions, and Social Experience in Post-Revolutionary British North America, 159-98.  Nancy Christie, ed.  Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2008.

III.  Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

"Revolution and Counterrevolution among the Methodists in Early Nineteenth Century British North America." Age of Revolutions. URL:

"'The Catholic Mahdi of the North West': Louis Riel and the Métis Resistance in Transatlantic and Imperial Context."  Canadian Historical Review 93, no. 2 (June 2012): 171-95.  With Geoff Read.

"Making Neo-Britons: The Transatlantic Relationship between Wesleyan Methodists in Britain and the Canadas, 1815-1828."  British Journal of Canadian Studies 18, no. 1 (2005): 1-25.

IV.  Articles in Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

"Mabel Loomis Todd and the Will of God: Three Crises of Faith in Late-Nineteenth Century America." Historical Papers 2018, Canadian Society of Church History, 99-114.

"'His teachings are in want of faith': British Wesleyan Responses to Egerton Ryeron."  Historical Papers 2017, Canadian Society of Church History, 127-40.

 "'Calm determination & cool brains': Mary Chesnut's God in the 1860s."  Historical Papers 2012, Canadian Society of Church History, 5-19.

"The Madness of his Method: Methodism, Discipline and the British World."  Historical Papers 2010, Canadian Society of Church History, 21-32.

"Faiths of '37: Methodism and Anti-Catholicism in Rebellion-Era Canada."  Historical Papers 2009, Canadian Society of Church History, 101-118.

"The Destruction of Robert Alder: An Example of Transatlantic Culture and Anarchy among the Methodists."  Historical Papers 2007, Canadian Society of Church History​, 43-59.

V.  Encyclopedia Articles

"Bamford, Samuel."  In Encyclopedia of the Industrial Revolution in World History, 1:60-61.  Kenneth Hendrickson, ed.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.

"Cottonopolis."  In Encyclopedia of the Industrial Revolution in World History, 1:222-223.  Kenneth Hendrickson, ed.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.

"Malthus, Thomas Robert."  In Encyclopedia of the Industrial Revolution in World History, 2: 582-584.  Kenneth Hendrickson, ed.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.

"Christian Missions in New Zealand and Australia."  In World History Encyclopedia, 7:937-938.  Dane A. Morrison, et al., eds.  Santa Barbara: ABD-CLIO, 2011.

"Congregationalism in Colonial New England."  In World History Encyclopedia, 6:906-908.  Dane A. Morrison, et al., eds.  Santa Barbara: ABD-CLIO, 2011.

"Self-Government in Pre-Dominion Canada - The Durham Report."  In World History Encyclopedia, 7:491-493.  Dane A. Morrison, et al., eds.  Santa Barbara: ABD-CLIO, 2011.

"Burr, Aaron (1756-1836)."  In Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History, 2:69-71.  Michael A. Morrison, ed.  Washington: CQ Press, 2010.

"The Whiskey Rebellion."  In Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History, 2:392-396.  Michael A. Morrison, ed.  Washington: CQ Press, 2010.

Revisions to the article on "Methodism," Canadian Encyclopedia.  URL:

"Combination Laws and revolutionary trade unionism."  In The International Encyclopedia of World Protest and Revolution: 1500 to the Present, 818-820.  Immanuel Ness, ed.  Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd., 2009.

"Smith, Adam (1723-1790).  In The International Encyclopedia of World Protest and Revolution: 1500 to the Present, 3053-3055.  Immanuel Ness, ed.  Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd., 2009.

VI.  Book Reviews

Review of Nancy Christie, The Formal and Informal Politics of British Rule in Post-Conquest Quebec, 1760-1837: A Northern Bastille. In British Journal of Canadian Studies (forthcoming Autumn 2020).

Review of Scott McLaren, Pulpit, Press, and Politics: Methodists and the Market for Books in Upper Canada. Borealia (forthcoming September 2020).

Review of Donald Harman Akenson, Exporting the Rapture: John Nelson Darby and the Victorian Conquest of North-American Evangelicalism. In Canadian Historical Review 100, no. 4 (December 2019): 679-81.

Review of Denis McKim, Boundless Dominion: Providence, Politics, and the Early Canadian Presbyterian Worldview. Borealia.


Review of John Coffey, ed. Heart Religion: Evangelical Piety in England and Ireland, 1690-1850.  In Church History 87, no. 1 (March 2018): 250-252.

Review of Brian Young, Patrician Families and the Making of Quebec: The Taschereaus and McCords.  In British Journal of Canadian Studies 29, no. 1 (Fall 2016), 275-276.

Review of Michel Ducharme, The Idea of Liberty in Canada during the Age of Atlantic Revolutions, 1776-1838.  In British Journal of Canadian Studies 29, no. 1 (January 2016), 105-106.

"The Other Mrs. Adams: Louisa Adams Review Essay."  Reviews in History.  URL: 

Review of Catharine Randall, Black Robes and Buckskin: A Selection from the Jesuit Relations.  In Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme 35, no. 1 (Winter 2012): 219-221.

Review of Ian Hesketh, Of Apes and Ancestors: Evolution, Christianity, and the Oxford Debate.  In Canadian Journal of History 45 (Winter 2010): 619-620.

Review of Robynne Rogers Healey, From Quaker and Upper Canadian: Faith and Community among Yonge Street Friends, 1801-1850.  In University of Toronto Quarterly 78, no. 1 (Winter 2009): 281-283.

Review of J.R. Kerr-Ritchie, Rites of August First: Emancipation Day in the Black Atlantic World.  In Canadian Journal of History 43, no. 2 (Autumn 2008): 376-377.

Review of J.H. Elliott, Empires of the Atlantic World: Britain and Spain in America, 1492-1830.  H-Canada, H-News Reviews (October 2007).

Review of J.G.A. Pocock, The Discovery of Islands: Essays in British History.  In Canadian Journal of History 41, no. 3 (Winter 2006): 623-625.

Review of David Rogers and John McLeod, eds., The revision of Englishness.  In Left History 11, no. 1 (Spring 2006): 144-146.

Review of David Hempton, Methodism: Empire of the Spirit.  In Histoire social / Social History 39, no. 78 (2006): 524-525.

Review of James Holston, Ehud's Dagger: Class Struggle in the English Revolution.  In Left History 9, no. 2 (Spring/Summer 2004): 229-232.