Staff Profiles

Dr Alysa Levene

Reader in History

School of History, Philosophy and Culture

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Phone number: +44 (0)1865 483570


Location: Headington Campus, Tonge Block, T525

I completed my PhD at the University of Cambridge and then worked a research officer at the University of Bath before moving to Oxford Brookes as a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow in April 2004. I became a permanent member of staff soon afterwards.  My research focuses on the history of child welfare and the family in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and I have published on the history of illegitimacy, child health and childhood more generally. I teach in all of these areas, including a specialist third-year Advanced Study module on the history of childhood and youth. My latest research has been a complete change and I have just published a book on the history of cake, which came out with Headline in 2016.