Dr. Robert Llewelyn Tyler
Dr. Robert Llewelyn Tyler Assistant Professor
Teaching Areas
Research Interests

Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Robert Llewellyn Tyler was born in Newport, Wales. He received his BA from University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, his MA from the University of Pittsburgh, USA, and his PhD from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has taught in Japan and Argentina, and at universities in Eastern Europe, China and the Middle East. For the academic year 2009-2010, he was the Fulbright Professor at Westminster College in Fulton Missouri, and was made a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2011. He has been widely published and continues to research Welsh communities overseas.

  • PhD, History, University of Melbourne (Australia), 2000 
  • MA, History, University of Pittsburgh (USA), 1989
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education, History and Adult Education, University College of Wales (UK), 1985
  • BA (Hons), History, University College of Wales (UK), 1984
Teaching Areas

Khalifa University, 2019
[a] The History and Politics of Middle East Oil

Wenzhou-Kean University, China, 2017
[a] Worlds of History

Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University, KSA, 2014- 2017
[a] World Civilizations from 1500
[b] Writing and Research
[c] Written Communication
[d] Oral Communication
[e] Critical Thinking
[f] Cross Cultural Communication

American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2011- 2013
[a] Modern European History
[b] US History to 1877
[c] US History 1877 - present

Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, USA, 2009-2010
[a] Modern Britain 1800- present
[b] England, Britain or United Kingdom?
[c] Celtic Immigrants in Nineteenth Century USA

University of Wales, Newport, Wales, 2007-2014
[a] British Isles: History, Culture and Identity, 55BC-AD 1945
[b] Themes in British History 1066-1945
[c] Insights into European History, 400-1945
[d] Europe, 400-1945
[e] USA from Reconstruction
[f] The Impact of the Reformation on Europe
[g] The Making of the Modern World
[h] Imperial Rivalries and Global Conflict in the 20th Century
[i] The American West
[j] Religion and Ethnicity in Wales 1600-2000

University of Wales, Newport, Wales 2006-2007
Centre for Community and Lifelong Learning
[a] Understanding Change in the Community
[b] Contemporary Wales.

University of Melbourne 1997-2000
[a] Migration and Australian Society

My teaching philosophy is a simple one. While the function of a lecturer is not to provide entertainment, it is vital that students are, and remain, fully engaged throughout the course. This means interesting and relevant course materials, presented through effective and engaging teaching methods. In my experience, this requires adaptability; the ability and willingness of the teacher to adapt methods and materials to effectively serve the needs of students. I consider myself an effective teacher and all my student evaluations have indicated this.

Research Interests

My main area of research interest has been migration from Europe and the subsequent emerging forms of identity in diasporic societies. More specifically, I have focused on the nature of immigrant groups as they existed in and interacted with the wider community in nineteenth and twentieth century USA, South America and Australia. I have addressed the nature of these groups with regard to their linguistic ethos, religious and cultural institutions and activities not usually associated with migrants. The ability of these communities to retain their cultural integrity, in whatever form, was closely linked to a variety of factors and my research has considered, settlement patterns, economic specialization and mobility, religious schisms, exogamy and the conscious desire of many immigrants to integrate as rapidly as possible. I have considered these factors in relation to the continuation, modification and decline of a discernible ethnolinguistic community and while my focus has been primarily on Welsh communities, my research has enabled comparisons to be made with other European migrant groups.