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Katherine Bruce-Lockhart

Assistant Professor, History, University of Waterloo

Katherine Bruce-Lockhart is an Assistant Professor in History at the University of Waterloo and is also affiliated with the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Her research examines the legacies and lived experiences of colonial coercive institutions, with a focus on prisons. Her book manuscript, which is under contract with Ohio University Press, illuminates the social history of the Uganda Prisons Service in the postcolonial period, focusing in particular on prison officers. Her previous research looked at the connections between gender, deviancy, and punishment in late colonial Kenya. She is currently working on a comparative project that examines the impact of formal political decolonization on prisons in the Global South. More broadly, her research and teaching interests include the global history of prisons and punishment, histories of colonialism and decolonization, and African History.

Katherine previously held a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto-Mississauga and the Jackman Humanities Institute. She completed her PhD in History at the University of Cambridge.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor , University of Waterloo


  • 2018 
    University of Cambridge , PhD, History


Alice Wilson Award, Royal Society of Canada