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undefinedTimothy Jenks

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Toronto

Phone: 252-328-2643

Office: Brewster A -321

Fax: 252-328-6774



Timothy Jenks is a historian of eighteenth-century Britain, who specializes in the study of political culture and national identity. He is the author of  Naval Engagements: Patriotism, Cultural Politics, and the Royal Navy, 1793-1815 (Oxford University Press, 2006), which examines the place occupied by images of the navy in British political culture.  Prior to coming to East Carolina in 2002, he taught at the University of Toronto, York University, and the University of California at Berkeley.  He is currently working on a study of illumination festivity in Georgian Britain.  Most recently, he authored a chapter in the exhibition catalogue for 'Royal River', an exhibition being held at the National Maritime Museum, London, until September 9, 2012.


Professor Jenks believes in the liberal arts, casual dress, and that life is too short to read books twice (or to see movies of books already read). He is a member of the North American Conference on British Studies, the American Automobile Association, and Sam’s Club.


Selected Publications: 

Naval Engagements: Patriotism, Cultural Politics, and the Royal Navy, 1793-1815. (Oxford University Press, 2006).


“Language and Politics at the Westminster Election of 1796.” The Historical Journal  (Cambridge University Press) 44 (June 2001): 419-439.


“Contesting the Hero: The Funeral of Admiral Lord Nelson.” Journal of British Studies (University of Chicago Press) 39 (October 2000): 422-453.


Courses Offered: 

HIST 1031: World Civilizations from 1500

HIST 3480: Britain to 1688

HIST 3482: Britain, 1688-1832

HIST 3484: Britain from 1832

HIST 4500: Political Culture and Community in Eighteenth-century Britain

HIST 5440: Twentieth Century Britain