Dr Deborah Toner

Deborah Toner 2013Lecturer in Modern American History

Contact Details

  • Tel: +44(0)116 229 7392
  • Email: dt151@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Attenborough 514
  • Office Hours: Semester 2: Monday 14:00-15:00. Tuesday 10:00-11:00.
  • Dissertation Office Hour: Semester 2, Monday 13:00-14:00


I completed my BA, MA and PhD in History at the University of Warwick. My doctoral research explored the social and cultural history of alcohol in nineteenth-century Mexico, through an interdisciplinary methodology, synthesising the analysis of archival records, medical texts, and government publications, with literary texts. I subsequently held an Early Career Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick, as well as teaching positions at the Universities of Manchester, Liverpool and Warwick. Before joining the School of Historical Studies in 2012, I completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, where I established an international research network, convened a series of events, and compiled a digital library of resources on the subject of Liberalism in the Americas.


PhD Supervision

Mexican history; Mexican-American relations in the 19th century; and the social and cultural history of alcohol.


My teaching interests are chronologically and geographically broad, encompassing North, Central and South America and ranging across some 1000 years! Whether considering life within the Aztec empire or gang-related crime in 1920s Chicago, my teaching often relates to core themes in social and cultural history: gender, social class, race and ethnicity, and the relationship between reality and representation. Key questions related to my research interests also feature prominently in my modules, including the social and cultural importance of alcohol, colonialism and colonialist discourse, and indigenous histories. Methodologically, I often encourage students to approach subjects using a comparative framework, in order to foster skills in the identification of patterns, trends and differences within large-scale historical processes.

Examples of modules I teach:


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