|Name||Research & Teaching Interests|
|Prof Christopher Bigsby||Contemporary and recent American drama, with a particular focus on Arthur Miller and David Mamet; American literature and culture; American television; National identities; African American history and literature; The city; Creative writing.|
|Dr Themis Chronopoulos||Twentieth Century United States History, Urban History, Race and Ethnicity, Immigration, Popular Culture, Public Policy, World Cities.|
|Prof Sarah Churchwell||20th C & contemporary US fiction; biography and life-writing; icons, celebrities and cultural value; films of classical Hollywood; reception histories and the role of audiences/readers; representations of women; film, popular culture and the history of popular literature; and public intellectualism and journalism.|
|Prof David Peters Corbett||American art (particularly painting), c.1850-1950; Anglo-American artistic relations; word & image.|
|Dr Hilary Emmett||Eighteenth and nineteenth century American literature and culture; transatlantic and transpacific American studies; American classicism; children's literature; US-Australian comparative literatures.|
|Dr Jacqueline Fear-Segal||Native American history; the American West; photographs as historical sources; immigration and Americanisation; race and racism; museum studies; history of childhood; and, more generally, the history of the USA from the Civil War to the Cold War.|
|Dr Rebecca Fraser||Gender in 19th Century America, Slavery in the USA, African American culture, Social and cultural histories of Reconstruction.|
|Dr Sarah Garland||
Style, form, literary and everyday aesthetics; American food cultures and American food writing; Transatlantic modernism; American avant-gardes; aestheticism; collaboration across the arts; image-text intersections, juxtapositions and configurations; taste, consumption, the body; artists' writing and writing about art.
|Dr Nicholas Grant||African American and black international history; the history of the African diaspora, Africa and transnational political and cultural movements in the twentieth century.|
|Dr Ross Hair||Modern and postmodern American poetry; collage and intertextual poetics; ecopoetry and the poetics of place; pastoral; late twentieth-century transatlantic poetry networks; American poetry and music; the continuing legacy of Romanticism and Transcendentalism in modern and postmodern American poetry; twentieth-century American poetry and western esotericism.|
|Dr Emma Long||The US Supreme Court; the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights; history of the First Amendment, particularly church-state relations; US legal history, with a particular focus on the post-1945 period; religion and politics in the US since 1945|
|Dr Malcolm Mclaughlin||20th Century US history, Violence, Civil Rights, Urban America, The Great Society.|
|Dr Rachael Mclennan||American literature and culture from 1950s to present day, adolescence, youth and aging in American literature and culture; American Autobiography; the Holocaust in American literature and culture.|
|Dr Wendy Mcmahon||Contemporary U.S. literature and culture; Latin American and Caribbean literature and culture; Cuban and Cuban-American literature and culture; Spanish colonialism in the Americas and literatures of conquest; masculinity and nation building / nationhood; literatures of exile (and issues of identity and belonging); the relationship between the body, culture, and capital; the relationship between literature and history; literature and philosophy; literary theory.|
|Dr Kaeten Mistry||Twentieth century American history; US foreign relations; the international history of the Cold War; historiography and historical narratives; intelligence; transatlantic relations; political and psychological warfare.|
|Dr Jonathan Mitchell||US masculinity and national identity; US literature and culture of the 50s and 60s; psychoanalytic theory (Lacan and Žižek); queer theory; narrative theory; and ‘Christian Identity' groups.|
|Prof Nick Selby||American literature, American poetry (especially experimental poetry) and poetics, Ecocriticism, Modernism, Whitman, Melville, The Beats, Postwar American art, poetic difficulty and the ethics of close-reading.|
|Dr Thomas Ruys Smith||Nineteenth century literature and culture; Mark Twain; New Orleans and the Mississippi River; Transatlantic culture in the nineteenth century; American music history; the South and early West; outlaws; popular culture.|
|Dr Rebecca Tillett||Twentieth and twenty-first century multiethnic American literature and film, with particular emphases upon contemporary Native American writers and film makers; Writings of the American Southwest, including Border Studies, ecocritical writing, the relationships between literature and place, environmental racism, and environmental justice; the politics of contemporary resistance writings and the relationships between texts and politics; and Race and Postcolonial theory.|
We welcome PhD applicants in any of the above topics, but we also supervise across a much wider range.
See some of our postgraduate research.