Catherine Evans

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Assistant Professor of Criminology, Cross-Appointed to Department of History, University of Toronto
BA (History, McGill University), BA (Jurisprudence, University College, University of Oxford), PhD (History, Princeton University)

Professor Evans’ research focuses on the history of criminal law in the British empire. She is particularly interested in questions of criminal responsibility, forensics and the mind.

Courses Taught


  • CRI215H1F Introduction to Sociolegal Studies
  • CRI392H1S Topics in Criminology – History of Criminal Justice in the Common Law World


  • CRIXXXXHS Guilt, Responsibility and Forensics


“Heart of Ice: Indigenous Defendants and Colonial Law in the Canadian North-West,” Law and History Review (Forthcoming 2018).

“At Her Majesty’s Pleasure: Criminal Insanity in Nineteenth-Century Britain”, History Compass 14 (October 2016): 470-79.