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Dr Henry Knight Lozano

Senior Lecturer in History and American Studies; Programme Leader BA History & Politics

Department: Humanities

Henry is a scholar of place promotion, expansion, and environment in the United States. His research on California, Florida, and Hawai'i brings together promotional, literary, and visual representations alongside socioeconomic and political developments to understand cultivated and contested identities in American history.

ADSS Henry Knight Facultystaff 255His first book, Tropic of Hopes: California, Florida, and the Selling of American Paradise, 1869-1929, explores the promotion of those two states as ‘semi-tropical’ homelands and tourist destinations for white Americans in the period between Reconstruction and the Wall Street Crash. It won a Florida Book Award Gold Medal and co-won the British Association of American Studies Arthur Miller Centre First Book Prize. His second book, on California and Hawai'i, is under contract with University of Nebraska Press.

Teaching across both U.S. history and American Studies programs, he leads modules on California, the American West, and US History from 1776-2008, as well as supervising undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.

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PGCert in Higher Education Practice, “Developing Research and Innovation” & “Learning, Teaching and the Student Experience”, Northumbria University, 2014

AHRC-funded PhD, University of Sussex, 2011

AHRC-funded MPhil, University of Sussex, 2007

1st-class BA, University of Sussex, incl. year abroad at University of California, San Diego, 2004

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Henry is currently completing a book focused on the promotional connections and perils that linked California and Hawai'i from the early nineteenth century to the Second World War. The book is under contract with University of Nebraska Press. He is the author of journal articles and conference papers on a range of topics relating to U.S. promotional identity, enviromental imagery, and regional development, including a 2015 piece for Environmental History about the significance of water in the environmental rivalry between California and Florida in the Gilded Age and a 2017 article for the Journal of American Studies on the racial symbolism of 'Afromobiles' in South Florida.

As a lecturer, he is interested in Technology-Enhanced Learning - for instance, in using iPads to aid student-led seminar discussion and source analysis.

He is a member of Northumbria’s US History Research Group and the British Association of American Studies. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Awards and Fellowships

2016 British Association of American Studies Founders' Travel Award

2014 C. Allan and Marjorie Braun Fellowship at the Huntington Library

2014 Co-Winner British Association of American Studies Arthur Miller First Book Prize

2014 Florida Book Award Gold Medal in the category “Florida – Non-fiction”

2010 British Association of American Studies Postgraduate Essay Prize

2009 British Association of American Studies Ambassador’s Award

Key Publications


California/Hawai'i Bound: Promotion and Peril in an Americanizing Pacific, 1848-1945 (forthcoming, under contract, University of Nebraska Press).

[co-editor] The Shadow of Selma: The Selma Campaign and the Voting Rights Act (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2018).

Tropic of Hopes: California, Florida, and the Selling of American Paradise, 1869-1929 (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2013).


Select Journal Articles

“Race, Mobility, and Fantasy: Afromobiling in Tropical Florida,” Journal of American Studies, 51:3 (August 2017), 805-832.

"Water in Paradise: California, Florida, and Environmental Rivalry in the Gilded Age," Environmental History, 20:4 (October 2015), 619-644.

"'Savages of Southern Sunshine': Racial Realignment of the Seminoles in the Selling of Jim Crow Florida", Journal of American Studies, 48:1 (February 2014), 251-274.

"Southward Expansion: The Myth of the West in the Promotion of Florida, 1876-1900," European Journal of American Culture, 29:2 (July 2010), pp. 111-29.


Select Book Reviews

Book Review of Paul J. P. Sandul, “California Dreaming: Boosterism, Memory, and Rural Suburbs in the Golden State”, Agricultural History, 89:4 (Fall 2015), 608-9.

Book Review of Thomas Graham, “Mr Flagler’s St. Augustine”, Florida Historical Quarterly, 93:3 (Winter 2015), 480-481.

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PGR Supervision

Henry has supervised numerous PGR students, including dissertations exploring U.S. expansion and visual culture in the 1890s and the legal and social frameworks of ‘overland’ parties in 1830s and 1840s America. He is second supervisor for a PHD on African American and labor activism in California in the mid-twentieth century. He welcomes contact from prospective MA and PhD students interested in U.S. History and American Studies, particularly in areas related to California, Florida, Hawai'i, and region and environment in US History.


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