Deborah Lavin

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Deborah Margaret Lavin, FRSA[1] (born 22 September 1939) is a South African academic and historian, resident in the United Kingdom for most of her career.

Early life[edit]

Lavin was born on 22 September 1939.[2] She attended Rhodes University, South Africa and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, graduating in 1961.

Academic career[edit]

Lavin has lectured at the University of Witwatersrand as well as Queen's University Belfast and was a Senior Associate of St Antony's College, Oxford.[3] In 1980 she relocated to Durham where she was co-director of the Research Institute for the Study of Change[4] and a lecturer in the Department of Modern History, as well as Principal of Trevelyan College from 1979–1995.[3] She was President of the Howlands Trust and from 1995 to 1997[1] was Principal-elect of the new College to be developed at the Howlands Farm, which eventually became Josephine Butler College.


  • South African Memories: Scraps of History, Ad. Donker, 1979 (co-author)[5]
  • From Empire to International Commonwealth: A Biography of Lionel Curtis, Oxford, 1995[6]
  • The Condominium Remembered:Proceedings of the Durham Sudan Historical Records Conference 1982, University of Durham, Centre for Middle Easte, 1993 [7][8]


  1. ^ a b Debretts profile
  2. ^ Profile at
  3. ^ a b Martin, Susan TREVS A Celebration of 40 years of Trevelyan College Durham.
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Academic offices
Preceded by
Joan Bernard
Principal of Trevelyan College, Durham
Succeeded by
George Marshall