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Dr Lydia Plath

Lydia Plath


Room: H3.26
Phone: 02476 523307

Twitter: @lydiaplath
Skype: lydiaplath

Office Hours: Monday 2-3pm and Friday 1-2pm, or by appointment:

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I am a research active scholar in the history of the United States, with a specialism in the history of race relations 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 recent research has included projects on non-traditional forms of slavery, as well as the representation of slavery in twentieth and twenty-first century American cinema.

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. As Director of Study Abroad Programmes, I am responsible for extending and developing history students' study abroad opportunities, forming Erasmus+ and bilateral exchange partnerships, and supporting visiting students in the department.

I currently manage the British Association for American Studies US Embassy Grants Programme and serve on the Memberships Committee for the Southern Historical Association. 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.

I would be willing to discuss potential PhD supervision with students interested in the history of US slavery, white supremacy, the American South, lynching or racial violence, or slavery on film and television.

Academic Profile

  • 2017 onwards: 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