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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 critically examines the legacies of colonial carceral institutions, particularly prisons. Katherine's work historicizes the ways in which the prison became a global institution, linking this to wider discussions about decolonization and prison abolition. Her book, Carceral Afterlives, examines the social and political history of incarceration in postcolonial Uganda, and is forthcoming with Ohio University Press in the New African Histories Series. Katherine's previous research looked at the connections between gender, perceptions of deviancy, and punishment in late colonial Kenya, focusing specifically on the detention camp system created by the British in the 1950s.

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.

She is also actively involved in community grassroots organizations advocating for prisoners' rights, abolition, and anti-racism.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor , University of Waterloo


  • 2018 
    University of Cambridge , PhD, History


Alice Wilson Award, Royal Society of Canada