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American Studies

View from the Lincoln Memorial toward the Washington Monument


We are all actively engaged in carrying out research on various aspects of the Americas.

Our permanent and temporary staff members publish in prestigious journals, including Journal of American History, American Quarterly, American Literary History, Revista de Indias, Slavery and Abolition, Photography and Culture, and Feminist Studies.

Our work has been recognised through various prizes, including the British Association of American Studies book prize for 2017 (Peter Knight), and the Arthur Miller Institute First book prize for 2017 (J Michelle Coghlan).

We get prestigious grants and fellowships, including the following.

  • Molly Geidel will be a fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University (2018-19).
  • Peter Knight has received two AHRC grants: one from the EU Committee on Science and Technology for a project on conspiracy theories in Europe (2016-20), and another from the Arts and Humanities Research Council for a project on the history of financial advice (2016-19). 

We work closely with institutions in Manchester, drawing on their collections of Americas-related materials and bringing our expertise to public venues. Projects include: 

We also consult for media and policy projects, including:

  • Eithne Quinn has drawn on her expertise on rap music to serve as an expert witness in several court cases in the United States and the UK;
  • Douglas Field worked as a consultant on Raoul Pecks's award-winning film I Am Not Your Negro;
  • Natalie Zacek consulted for an episode of Britain’s Lost Masterpieces (BBC Four 2018), and for Who Do You Think You Are? (BBC One, 2017).

We take part in international research partnerships, including our ongoing American Studies partnership with Brown University, University of Copenhagen and University of Mississippi, whose latest gathering was here in Manchester in May 2018.