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Dr Rebecca Wright

Senior Lecturer

Department: Humanities

Rebecca is a social and cultural historian of energy, with a particular interest in the growth of American energy consumption in the twentieth century.   

 

Before to joining the faculty at Northumbria in 2018, Rebecca was a Research Fellow in Future Health at the University of York in the Centre for Global Health Histories. Prior to this she was a Research Fellow in Mass Observation Studies at the University of Sussex (2017) and a Research Fellow on the AHRC collaborative project ‘Material Cultures of Energy,’ Birkbeck College (2014-16). She is currently finishing a book manuscript, Moral Energy in America: From the Progressive Era to the Atomic Bomb which explores the birth of an ‘energy consciousness’ in the United States in the first half of the twentieth century.

 

Rebecca Wright

Qualifications

  • Humanities PhD December 30 2015
  • MA July 01 2010
  • BA (Hons) October 30 2009

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Typewriting Mass Observation Online, Wright, R. 1 Apr 2019, In: History Workshop Journal
  • Mass Observation and the Emotional Energy Consumer, Wright, R. 2018, In: Canadian Journal of History
  • The Economics of Aesthetics at Southern California Edison, Wright, R. 1 Aug 2018, In: Environment, Space, Place
  • The Social Life of Energy Futures, Wright, R., Trentmann, F. 4 Oct 2018, Work in Progress, Munich, Oekom Verlag
  • Connecting Past, Present and Future, Wright, R., Pooley, C. Apr 2017, In: Interactions
  • Curls, Wright, R. 19 Dec 2017, In: Cultural Anthropology
  • Sunspots and Sync, Wright, R. 23 Jul 2015, Energy in Literature, Oxford, TrueHeart Press

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

 

Rebecca’s research explores cultural approaches to the history of energy, with a focus on twentieth-century American history. This includes examinations of the cultural meanings and emotions attached to energy, and the role of epistemological models, experts and international organizations in influencing the development of energy systems and energy policy.

 

Her current research examines how the American body became carbonised over the twentieth century. She explores how the body was used as a way to build, as well as balance, energy systems and energy load. As part of this project, she is particularly interested in the hidden role of health officials and health reformers in the energy industry and energy policy. In broadening understandings of how models of health and well-being were bound into energy networks, her research considers what role health and the medical humanities might have in developing sustainable low-carbon energy futures.

 

Alongside research in energy, Rebecca is also interested in the application and impacts of digital methods within humanities and historical research.


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