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American Studies Research Group

The American Studies Research Group brings together scholars with expertise in the history, literature, and culture of the pre-1776 North American colonies, the United States, and the Caribbean.

Meet our staffNorthumbria University has one of the largest teams in the UK dedicated to the study of the Americas. The members of this group have particular research strengths in the study of race, diplomacy, presidential and congressional politics, civil rights, music, periodical culture, American and transatlantic modernist literature, the Civil War and Reconstruction, the transnational significance of the US South, feminist and queer literary theory, and the development of California and Florida.

The group welcomes students to work with its members to craft research projects in similar fields and contribute to a growing North East community interested in American Studies

Moreover, the group is active in coordinating seminar papers, symposia, and international conferences. Members of the group have forged significant connections between Northumbria and foreign research centres, including many in the US, while working to encourage the spread of American Studies in the North East through outreach to schools, museums, and libraries.

Our strength in American Studies is also reflected in the substantial research holdings available for students and staff. Central sources include:

  • Records of the Antebellum Southern Plantations
  • Despatches from US Consuls in Ireland
  • American Civil War: Letters and Diaries
  • Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) Papers
  • Huey Newton Foundation Papers (Black Panther Party Files)
  • Civil Rights during the Johnson Administration, 1963-1969 (Parts I-V)
  • FBI Files on Black Extremist Organizations
  • 19th and 20th Century US Newspapers

The group is convened by Dr Patrick Andelic.

You can find out more about American Studies at Northumbria by visiting our research page or learn more about our American Studies course here.

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