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Deborah Toner - ePortfolio

Welcome to the ePortfolio of Dr Deborah Toner.

I am currently working as a Post-doctoral Fellow in Latin American History at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, School of Advanced Study, University of London. I am working on a digitisation project, Liberalism in the Americas, to establish a digitial library of resources for scholars working on liberalism throughout the Americas and organising a series of international events on this research theme. I completed my PhD in the History Department at the University of Warwick in December 2009. I began this research in September 2006 after completing a taught MA in Toaxaca_debs.jpghe History of Race in the Americas and a BA (honours) in History, also at Warwick. I am primarily interested in the history of drinking, drunkenness and alcoholism in the Americas, and I work with an interdisciplinary approach, combining literary and historical analyses.

To help further the development of my comparative and interdisciplinary interests, in September 2010, in collaboration with several colleagues in the History Department, I established the Warwick Drinking Studies Network, an interdisciplinary forum for scholars working on any aspect of drink and drinking cultures in any society and in any time period. I am currently acting as co-ordinator of this network, organising several events over the coming months, including our second annual symposium, 'Drink and the Life Cycle', to be held in September 2011.

These pages contain information my research, teaching, and professional development. If you have a particular interest in me, my work and my plans, you are welcome to contact me for more information at

About My Research

Department: History

Supervisor: Dr Rebecca Earle

Research topic: Alcohol and Nation-Building in Nineteenth Century Mexican Fiction: My doctoral research explores the thematic use of alcohol in Mexican literature as part of a nineteenth century nation-building discourse that sought to confront the deep social, political and cultural divisions that separated various groups within the emerging nation. The broad themes I deal with are drinking spaces, masculinity, citizenship and the body, alcoholism as a medical concept, and failure.




  • 'Drinking to Fraternity: Alcohol, Masculinity and National Identity in the Novels of Manuel Payno and Heriberto Frías,' Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (TBC)
  • Various book reviews for The Journal of the Historical Association
  • Several articles for The Encyclopedia of the Caribbean, ed. John Garrigus (New York: Facts on File, TBC)


About My Teaching:

University of Liverpool

University of Manchester

University of Warwick