Term 3 Meetings:
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I am an Associate Professor of American History, with a specialism in the history of racism and racial violence, considered from an interdisciplinary perspective. My PhD considered the role of lynching during the era of slavery, and the intersections of race and manhood in the lives of white men in the American South. My current research investigates the representation of slavery in twentieth and twenty-first century American cinema. I teach African American history and the history of whiteness, and I am committed to anti-racist pedagogies.
I am a committed teacher and educator, and am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy. I currently serve as the Student Engagement Coordinator for the Faculty of Arts and the Director of Final Year Studies for the History Department.
In 2019 I was elected to the committee of the British Association for American Studies (BAAS), serving as Vice-Chair of the organisation and Chair of the Development and Education Subcommittee. I currently manage the BAAS/US Embassy Small Grants Programme.
From 2011 to 2018 I served on the committee for the Association of British American Nineteenth Century Historians (BrANCH), including acting as Secretary from 2012-2016. In 2017-18 I served on the Memberships Committee for the Southern Historical Association. In 2019, I was the lead organiser of the first inaugural Teaching American Studies Conference held at Warwick.
I would be willing to discuss potential PhD supervision with students interested in the history of US slavery, whiteness and white supremacy, the American South, lynching or racial violence, or slavery on film and television.
- 2019 onwards: Associate Professor, University of Warwick
- 2017-2019: Senior Teaching Fellow, University of Warwick
- 2015-2016: Director of International, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University
- 2013-2016: Senior Lecturer in African American History, Canterbury Christ Church University
- 2012-2013: Lecturer in African American History, Canterbury Christ Church University
- 2010-2012: Lecturer in History, University of Glasgow
- 2009-2010: Teaching Fellow, University of Warwick
- 2006-2009: PhD in History, University of Warwick
- 2005-2006: MA by Research, University of Warwick
- 2002-2005: BA in History, University of Warwick
- HI111-30 A History of the United States
- HI2B7-30 African American History and Culture (not offered in 2020/21)
- HI2B1-30 America in Black and White? Contemporary US Race and Racism in Historical Context
- HI3J9-30 Whiteness: An American History
- HI3S2-30 History Dissertation
Edited Collections and Journal Forums
- ‘Forum: Slavery and Landscape’ (with Lawrence Aje and Catherine Armstrong) Slavery & Abolition 38:1 (2017)
- ‘Forum: Poor White Slave Ownership’ (with Lawrence Aje and Catherine Armstrong), Slavery & Abolition 38:3 (2017)
- Black and White Masculinity in the American South, 1800-2000 (with Sergio Lussana, Cambridge Scholars Publishing: 2009)
Articles and Book Chapters
- '"The lynching had to be the best it could be done": Slavery, Suffering and Spectacle in Recent American Cinema,' in Andrew Dix & Peter Templeton (eds), Violence from Slavery to #BlackLivesMatter: African American History and Representation (Routledge: 2019)
- ‘“My master and Miss… warn’t nothing but poor white trash”: Poor White Slaveholders and their Slaves in the Antebellum South,’ Slavery & Abolition 38:3 (2017)
- ‘Mammy, Mandingo, Django and Solomon: A Century of American Slavery in Cinema from Uncle Tom's Cabin to 12 Years a Slave,’ in Sam Edwards, Faye Sayer & Michael Dolski (eds), Histories on Screen: The Past and Present in Anglo-American Cinema and Television (Bloomsbury Academic: 2018)
- ‘North Carolina and Nat Turner: Honour and Violence in a Slave Insurrection Scare’, in Lydia Plath & Sergio Lussana (eds), Black and White Masculinity in the American South, 1800-2000 (Cambridge Scholars Publishing: 2009)
- 'Teaching American Studies Roundtable' (with Kim Lockwood, Katherine Parker-Hay, Tom Cutterham, Ed Clough, and Lynn Itagaki) Journal of American Studies, 54:3 (2020)
- 'Exchange: Teaching African American Studies in the US and the UK' (with Kate Dossett, Annette Joseph-Gabriel, Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Nicole King, Alan Rice and Karen Salt), Journal of American Studies, 52:2 (2018)
- ‘Looking at Lynching: Ethical and Practical Issues when using Lynching Photographs in the Classroom,’ in Catherine Armstrong (ed.), Historical Insights: Teaching North American History using Images and Material Culture (Higher Education Academy: 2013)
- 'I Can't Breathe: Expert Comment on the Minneapolis Protests' (May 2020)
- 'The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade', British Online Archives Blog (March 2018)
- 'Next Steps: Study Abroad' Modern History Review, 20: 3 (February 2018)
- ‘Slaves on Screen: Depictions of Slavery in American Film’ Modern History Review, 19:1 (September 2016)
- ‘Slavery is Dead! Fighting for freedom after the American Civil War,’ Modern History Review, 17:2 (November 2014)
- ‘White Mob Violence’, in Leslie Alexander and Walter Rucker (eds), Encyclopedia of African American History (ABC-CLIO: 2010)