Department of American and Canadian Studies

Welcome to The Department of American and Canadian Studies

The Department of American and Canadian Studies has a thriving undergraduate and postgraduate programme, and a teaching and research culture of the highest quality.

We are the highest-ranked department of our kind in the UK for research power and impact in the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), a national assessment of British universities' research. 94% of our research activity was recognised as work of international standing and 100% of our research was assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of its impact.

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Department of American and Candian Studies, University Park Campus 

We are in the top 7 UK universities for research intensity of all Area Studies units in the country (REF 2014)


We are also home to the Centre for Research in Race and Rights


American and Canadian Studies is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary degree subject focusing on the study of the history, literature, politics and culture of the United States and Canada. In line with the most recent research in this subject area, our teaching and research is informed by a global perspective and the exchange of influence between North American cultures and those of Britain, the rest of Europe and the rest of the Americas. The department is a friendly place to study, where, as part of a vibrant academic community, you can expect ready access to staff, and plenty of opportunities to meet other students from both the UK and overseas. Our postgraduate programme is one of the largest and best-supported in the country.



Grant team advises on Modern Slavery Bill, passed yesterday

AHRC-funded project about the lessons of past antislavery is helping to inform how we address modern slavery

The Antislavery Usable Past Postgraduate Research Network

Call for all postgraduate students of slavery and antislavery

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American & Canadian Studies events - Spring 2015 (PDF)

1st Annual CLAS Postgraduate Symposium

27 (09:00) - 28 April 2015 (17:00)
Confirmed Keynote speaker : Professor Pat Thomson

Kara Walker's Pornopticon

27 April 2015 (18:00-19:00)
New Art Exchange
American and Canadian Studies and Centre for Research in Race and Rights visiting speaker

Kara Walker's Pornopticon: racial sensations

27 April 2015 (18:00-19:30)
39-41 Gregory Boulevard, New Art Exchange, NG7 6BE, Nottingham
The Centre for Research in Race and Rights (C3R) and New Art Exchange present 'Kara Walker's Pornopticon: racial sensations'. Professor Robyn Wiegman, a leading professor of race and gender at Duke University, will be joined in conversation by Professor Zoe Trodd, Department of American and Canadian Studies.

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Department of American and Canadian Studies

The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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