Dr. Frances Henry

 Frances Henry

Dr. Frances Henry


Email: fhenry@uwo.ca

Frances H. I. Henry is a sessional instructor in history at King’s University College at Western University, Canada. She received her PhD in History from Western University in 2019. Her research focuses on homosexuality in early modern Europe, particularly the intersections of sexuality, gender, religion, and law. Her work is frequently interdisciplinary, combining history, psychology, sociology, and gender studies.


  • PhD (Western University, 2019)
  • MLIS (Western University, 2009)
  • MA (University of Ottawa, 2006)
  • BA (University of Ottawa, 2005)


  • HIS 2190A: Crime in North American Society
  • HIS 1820G: Select Topics in History (Crime Fighting in Pre-Modern Europe)


  • Queer history
  • Legal history
  • Crime and punishment
  • History of emotions
  • Gender history
  • Intersections of culture and crime
  • Race and Ethnicity

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

Book Reviews

Conference Papers:

  • Frances Henry, “The Quality of Mercy is (Definitely) Strained: Lieutenant Robert Jones and the Unchristian Mercy of George III.” Law and Governance in Britain, Western University, 20-21 October 2017
  • Frances Henry “‘The best way to serve an Englishman’: Sodomy and Race on the H.M.S. Africaine, 1815.” McCaffrey Memorial Seminar Series, Western University, 10 November 2016.
  • Frances Henry, “From Buggery to Unnatural Crime: British Newspapers, Sodomy, and the Rise of Politeness.” McCaffrey Memorial Seminar Series, Western University, 23 March 2016.
  • Frances Henry, “‘Imported from Italy, … the mother and nurse of sodomy’: Xenophobia, Religion and Sodomy in 18th Century England.” Paper presented at Prisms, Paradigms and Paradoxes, 4th Annual History Graduate Student Conference, Western University, 1-2 May 2015
  • Frances Henry, “If one chaste love’: Asexuality and the life of Michelangelo Buonnarotti.” Paper presented at Queer Research Day, Western University, 17 April 2013.
  • Frances Henry, “Hermaphrodites of the Soul: Discourse and Sodomy in Renaissance Italy.” Paper presented at the 2nd Annual Pierre Savard Conference, University of Ottawa, April 2006.