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Mr Dave Deverick

Job: Lecturer in American Politics

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 366 4480




Personal profile

Dave is a Leicester native and a graduate of DeMontfort University, and left in 1999 with a BA (Hons) in American Studies and International Relations, having also studied at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He then gained his postgraduate degrees at the University of Nottingham, mostly writing about various presidents and their differing approaches to African American civil rights. He has published on topics as diverse as former slaveholders during the Reconstruction period, Ulysses S. Grant and Alexander the Great. Dave has taught American politics and history at various universities since 2000, and came back to a vastly improved DeMontfort campus in 2016. He has also edited a newsletter, organised reading groups and celebrations of Black History Month, and acted as a student representative. In his spare time, Dave enjoys cricket, Leicester City Football Club, live comedy, travel, cinema, and talking about himself in the third person.

Research interests/expertise

US politics and history- the presidency since 1933 (notably Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson). African American politics and history since slavery, with especial interest in Martin Luther King, Jr.

Areas of teaching

The politics and history of the presidency, contemporary issues, race. I have also supervised numerous US history dissertations at DeMontfort and elsewhere.

Courses taught

POPP 2005-Unity and Diversity in Contemporary America, POPP 3046-The American Presidency, POPP 3000- Dissertations, POPP-5023-Decision Points: the Domestic Context of US Foreign Policy

Honours and awards

Winner of James R. Ralph Prize for the Best Dissertation in American Studies, 1999. Full HEU scholarship awarded by University of Nottingham for postgraduate study, and nominated for a “Teaching Oscar” there in 2013.

Membership of professional associations and societies

Dave has been a member of the following at various points, and attended their conferences- British Association of American Studies (BAAS), British American Nineteenth Century Historians (BrANCH), Institute of Historical Research (IHR).


Dave's current project is a book entitled "Martin Luther King, Jr: A Reference Guide to His Life and Works", co-authored with Prof Peter J. Ling of the University of Nottingham. It will be published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2020.

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