Jessica Harland-Jacobs is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University (1992) and her Master’s and PhD in History from Duke University (1995, 2000). A specialist in modern British history and the history of empires, she teaches a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses, including the History of Modern Britain, From Colonies to Commonwealth: the History of the British Empire, Irish History, Atlantic History, and Empires and Imperialism. She is author of Builders of Empire: Freemasons and British Imperialism, 1717-1927 and numerous articles and chapters on transnational history. A dedicated teacher, Professor Harland-Jacobs has won departmental and college teaching awards; she was named University of Florida Teacher of the Year in 2005. Professor Harland-Jacobs grew up as a “global nomad,” spending her youth in India, Bahrain, the Philippines, the United States, and Australia, and she continues to travel extensively as a historian of the British Empire.