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Dr Joe Street

Associate Professor

Department: Humanities

Joe Street was educated at Sheffield University between 1996 and 2004. He joined Northumbria as Senior Lecturer in 2009 after stints in the History Departments at Sheffield University and the University of Kent. An enthusiastic but sadly limited footballer who specialised in pointing and shouting, Joe was forced to end his largely anonymous playing career in 2012 due to injury, an event that was met with universal indifference. He cycles regularly but slowly and thanks to an accident of birth has a lifelong devotion to West Bromwich Albion.

Between 2013 and 2019 Joe sat on the Executive Committee of the British Association for American Studies, chairing its Publications Committee between 2016 and the end of his term. He is also a member of Historians of the Twentieth-Century United States and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In the Department of Humanities Joe is a member of both the Histories of Activism and US History research groups. Between 2010 and 2015 he was Programme Leader for History. He also serves as the UCU representative for History staff and sits on the UCU branch executive as its Membership Officer.

He teaches across History and American Studies at Northumbria, including offering his own modules on the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Black Panther Party. For more information on Joe's research interests, please see the Research Themes and Scholarly Interests tab. Please note that the 'Key Publications' section is populated and formatted automatically by the University.

Joe Street

Campus Address

Northumbria University
Lipman 329, City Campus
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST

Qualifications

  • History PhD June 30 2003
  • Senior Fellow (SFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2015

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Dave Godin and the Politics of the British Soul Community, Street, J. Mar 2019, The Northern Soul Scene, Equinox
  • The Silicon Valley Novel, Eve, M., Street, J. 1 May 2018, In: Literature & History
  • The Shadow of Selma, Street, J., Knight Lozano, H. 27 Feb 2018
  • The Second Amendment and gun control, Yuill, K., Street, J. 14 Sep 2017
  • Dirty Harry’s America: Clint Eastwood, Harry Callahan and the Conservative Backlash, Street, J. 2 Sep 2016
  • The Shadow of the Soul Breaker: Solitary Confinement, Cocaine, and the Disintegration of Huey P. Newton, Street, J. Aug 2015, In: Pacific Historical Review
  • Stax, Subcultures and Civil Rights, Street, J. 2015, The Other Special Relationship, London, Palgrave
  • The Stax/Volt Revue and Soul Music Fandom in 1960s Britain, Street, J. 2014, Subcultures, Popular Music, and Social Change, Cambridge Scholars
  • Roundtable: Manning Marable, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, Street, J. Feb 2013, In: Journal of American Studies
  • From beloved community to imagined community: SNCC’s intellectual transformation, Street, J. 15 Apr 2012, From Sit-Ins to SNCC: The student civil rights movement in the 1960s, Florida, USA, University Press of Florida
  • Dirty Harry’s San Francisco, Street, J. 2012, In: The Sixties: a journal of history, politics and culture
  • Spreading ripples: SNCC and social capital in the civil rights era South, Street, J. 2012, In: European Journal of American Culture
  • The historiography of the Black Panther party, Street, J. 2010, In: Journal of American Studies

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Joe’s research focuses on the nexus between politics and culture in the twentieth century, with a particular focus on African American radicalism in the 1960s and 1970s and the San Francisco Bay Area after World War Two. He has a particular interest in pursuing inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches to these histories and is currently thinking about the relationship between public space and racial politics in the Bay Area as played out in cultural, political, educational, and social spheres.

His current projects include studies of the representation of Silicon Valley in popular culture and the racial politics of the science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. Joe has a long-standing interest in the history of the Black Panther Party, which reaches back to his undergraduate studies. Building on a series of scholarly articles that evaluate the historiography of the BPP, the impact of prison and solitary confinement on the BPP founder Huey P. Newton, and the BPP’s campaign to free Newton, Joe’s full-length history of the BPP will be published by the University of Georgia Press.

Joe has also published work on the representation of San Francisco in Clint Eastwood’s 1971 movie, Dirty Harry. This was expanded into Dirty Harry’s America: Clint Eastwood, Harry Callahan and the Conservative Backlash (University Press of Florida, 2016), a study of the relationship between the Dirty Harry series and conservative politics in the 1970s and 1980s, which highlights the parallels between the political message of the movies and the political rhetoric of conservative leaders such as Ronald Reagan.

As one of a number of British scholars who recently reconsidered the influence of the African American struggle on racial politics in the UK during the 1960s, Joe published groundbreaking work on Malcolm X’s impact on racial politics in the West Midlands and two pieces which evaluate the impact and significance of African American soul music on British youth in the 1960s. This led to further study of Dave Godin, a legendary figure in the British soul scene. Chiefly remembered for coining the term ‘Northern Soul,’ Godin was central to the development of soul music culture in the UK. As this research strand suggests, Joe has a keen interest in the development of African American popular music in the late twentieth century.

Delving further back in time, Joe’s first monograph, The Culture War in the Civil Rights Movement (University Press of Florida, 2007) revealed the impact of cultural forms such as theater and music on the African American civil rights movement during the 1960s. From the singing workshops of the Highlander Folk School to the Black Panther Party’s Ministry for Culture it argued that ‘cultural organizing’ was central to the civil right movement’s operation.

PGR Supervision

  • Rowan Hartland Start: 01/10/2016
  • Gabriel Hogg Start: 01/10/2017
  • Christopher Wallis The Thinker, The Doer, and The Decider: Zbigniew Brzezinski, Cyrus Vance and the Bureaucratic Wars of the Carter Administration Start: 05/04/2017


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