Douglas Peers has been Professor of History and Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Associate Vice-President Graduate at York University since 2007. Previously he was a Professor of History and Associate Dean and Interim Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Calgary. In 2004 he was interim Vice-President (Programs) of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
From 1996 to 2005 he sat on the Board of Directors of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, and from 2005 to the present he has been on the management board of the Aid to Scholarly Publications Program of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. He has also served as a member of the Board of the Alberta Gaming Research Institute. He has recently been elected Vice-President/President-elect of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies and is a member of the Council of Ontario Universities Quality Assurance Transition/Implementation Task Force.
He is the author of Between Mars and Mammon: Colonial Armies and the Garrison State in Early-Nineteenth Century India (1995), India Under Colonial Rule, 1700-1885 (2006), co-edited J.S. Mill's Encounter with India (1999) and Negotiating India in the Nineteenth Century (2000), and published more than twenty articles and chapters on the intellectual, political, medical and cultural dimensions of 19th century India, which have appeared in such journals as The Historical Journal, Social History of Medicine, Modern Asian Studies, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, International History Review, Radical History Review and Journal of World History.
With Nandini Gooptu, he is currently co-editing India and the British Empire, a companion volume in the Oxford History of the British Empire series.