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Prof Brian Ward

Professor

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



Qualifications

  • 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”, Ward, B., Hunt, M., Houston, B., Megoran, N. 20 Aug 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

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Brian Ward is Professor in American Studies at Northumbria University and a former chair of the British Association for American Studies. Previously he held chairs in American Studies at the University of Manchester and American History at the University of Florida, and taught at the Universities of Newcastle upon Tyne and Durham.

A specialist in the history and culture of the US South, the African American experience, US popular music and radio, the 1960s, and Anglo-American cultural relations, his ten books include Just My Soul Responding: Rhythm and Blues, Black Consciousness and Race Relations (1998), which won an American Book Award for Literary Excellence and the Organization of American Historian's James A. Rawley prize for the best book on the history of US race relations, Martin Luther King in Newcastle upon Tyne: The African American Freedom Struggle and Race Relations in the North East of England (2017), and A&R Pioneers: Architects of American Roots Music on Record (2018, with Patrick Huber) which won the Belmont University Award for Best Book on Country Music. Brian’s next book-length project, She Loves Y’all: The Beatles and the US South, is due to appear in 2024.


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