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Dr Lydia Plath

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Room: FAB 3.12
Phone: 02476 523307

Twitter: @lydiaplath

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I am an Associate Professor of US 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. In 2020, my module 'America in Black and White?' won the inaugural HOTCUS Inclusive Curricula Prize.

I am a committed teacher and educator, and am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Alumni Fellow of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy. I currently serve as the Director of Final Year Studies for the History Department and as one of the facilitators of the Tackling Racial Inequality at Warwick Staff Development Programme.

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 and coordinate the BAAS Teaching American Studies Network.

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.

Academic Profile

  • 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



Research Publications

Edited Collections and Journal Forums

Articles and Book Chapters

Pedagogic Publications
Other Publications
Public Engagement