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Prof Brian Ward


Department: Humanities

ADSS Brianward Facultystaff 255

Brian is Northumbria University’s first Professor in American Studies. Previously, he held the Chair in American Studies at the University of Manchester (2006-2012), served as Head of the Department of History at the University of Florida (2000-2006), and taught at the Universities of Newcastle upon Tyne (1991-2000) and Durham (1990-91). He is currently Chair of the British Association for American Studies.

Campus Address

Office: Lipman 415


  • History PhD June 30 1995
  • American Studies BA June 30 1984

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • “He was shot because America will not give up on racism”: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the African American civil rights movement in British schools, Ward, B., Hunt, M., Houston, B., Megoran, N. 10 May 2020, In: Journal of American Studies
  • A & R Pioneers: The Architects of American Roots Music on Record, Ward, B., Huber, P. 15 May 2018
  • Martin Luther King in Newcastle: The African American Freedom Struggle and Race Relations in the North East of England, Ward, B. 15 Aug 2017
  • Martin Luther King in Newcastle upon Tyne: The African American Freedom Struggle and Race Relations in the North East of England, Ward, B. 20 Aug 2017
  • Creating and consuming the American South, Bone, M., Ward, B., Link, W. Jun 2015
  • Preface: Understanding the South, Ward, B., Bone, M., Link, W. Jun 2015, Creating and consuming the American South, Gainesville, University Press of Florida
  • Sounds and Silences: Music and the March on Washington, Ward, B. 1 Aug 2015, In: Bulletin of the German Historical Institute
  • Forum: What's New in Southern Studies – And Why Should We Care?, Ward, B. Aug 2014, In: Journal of American Studies
  • Grand Theories and Granular Practices: The South and American Studies, Ward, B. Aug 2014, In: Journal of American Studies
  • Music, Musical Theater, and the Imagined South in Interwar Britain, Ward, B. Feb 2014, In: Journal of Southern History

PGR Supervision

  • Simon Buck THE AGED SOUTH: OLD AGE AND ROOTS MUSIC IN THE US SOUTH, 1900-1945 Start: 01/10/2016
  • Natasha Neary Fun and Facts About American Business: An Animated Education in the Free Enterprise System Start: 05/04/2018
  • Allan Symons Male Control and Female Resistance in American Roots Music Recordings of the Interwar Period Start: 08/10/2013
  • Megan Hunt "Southern by the grace of God:" religion and race in Hollywood's South since the 1960's Start: 08/10/2013
  • Glen Whitcroft We Shall Overcome: Music, Protest and the quest for Civil Rights in the United States and Northern Ireland, 1955-1975. Start: 07/10/2014


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