Staff Profiles

Dr Alys Beverton

MPhil in American History and Literature (University of Sussex); PhD in History (University College London)

Lecturer in American History

School of History, Philosophy and Culture

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr Alys Beverton

Phone number: +44 (0)1865 483703


Location: Headington Campus, Tonge Block, T533

Dr Alys Beverton teaches on a range of modules at Oxford Brookes. These include skills modules, such as Making History and Historical Writing, which introduce students to the methods, theories, and practices which underpin the academic study of history. She also teaches on modules which cover the history of the United States from the American Revolution up to the end of the Cold War in the late twentieth century.

Dr Beverton's specialist modules examine the United States within a broader hemispheric perspective. Her third year undergraduate module Land of the Free: Slavery and Servitude in American History, for example, explores the evolution of different types of enslavement and coerced labour practices across the North American continent throughout from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. Meanwhile her forthcoming MA module Armies, Immigrants, and Gangs: The History of the U.S.-Mexican Border explores the fraught history of the international boundary between Mexico and the United States, as well as the experiences of the different groups of workers, soldiers, and explorers who have moved back-and-forth over it across time. 

Dr Beverton has a BA in American Studies and an MPhil in American History and Literature, both from the University of Sussex. She completed her PhD in History at University College London in 2018. She worked in various teaching roles at UCL, Queen Mary University of London, and Cardiff University before joining Oxford Brookes in 2019.