College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Andrew Avery

Graduate Student
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 3617


 I am interested, broadly speaking, in the British Empire during the late 19th and 20th centuries. My dissertation analyzes the ways in which British imperial actors constructed Antarctica as a colonial and post-colonial space. Along the way, I will also examine themes of masculinity, leisure, and the Cold War's influence on decolonization. I am a member of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research-Humanities and Social Sciences (SCAR-HASS) expert group. You can see my and other member profiles here:

Advised by Erik Scott

Dissertation Title: "Land of the Midnight Sun: Antarctica and the British Empire, 1768 - Present"

Selected Publications

Avery, Andrew J. Review of Andrew J. May, Welsh missionaries and British Imperialism: The Empire of Clouds in north-east India. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016. Reviews in History.  

-“History on the Rocks: Gin, Merriment, Madness and Malaria.” Deep South Magazine,, 19 May 2017.

- “Here we go a wassailing: A brief history of wassail and wassailing to greet, serve and celebrate houseguests this holiday season.” Deep South Magazine,, 13 December 2016.

Selected Presentations

- 65th Annual Midwestern Conference on British Studies, “Scott the Effimate?: British Masculinity during Antarctica’s Heroic Age, 1895 – 1917.” 2018. Lexington, Kentucky.

11th Annual Britain and the World Conference, “Of Ice and Men: Exploration of British Antarctic Culture.” 2018. Exeter, United Kingdom.

- 64th Annual Midwestern Conference on British Studies, “Antarctica’s Britons: British Exploration and Comparative Colonial Mythologies.” 2017. St. Louis, MO.

- 59th Annual Missouri Conference on History, “The World Made Two: The Role of Sectarian Violence in Indian Decolonization.” 2017. Springfield, MO.

- 3rd Annual Kaw Valley History Conference, “‘Damned for all time’: the Amritsar Massacre and British Imperial Perceptions.” 2016. Lawrence, KS. ​

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