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.

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.



Event at Nottingham Contemporary draws large crowd

Public conversation between C3R co-director Sharon Monteith, American Studies Association President David Roediger and performance poet Marquese McFerguson

The Mediterranean crisis – is not like the slave trade.

An open letter signed by more than 250 academics and experts on slavery and migration from around the globe, has condemned the EU's efforts to prevent migrants from leaving the North African coast. The University of Nottingham's Professor Zoe Trodd and Professor Stephen Hodkinson advise that there is much we might learn from the antislavery past and that the historical 'lesson' is that wealthier nations flourish best when they adapt flexibly and accommodate migrant peoples.

Black soldiers: new Race and Rights blog series

In a new blog series to mark the 150th anniversary of the ending of the American Civil War in 1865, James Brookes of the Centre for Research in Race and Rights analyses the visual culture of African American flags - regimental colours that expressed the black experience of war and of life in America itself.

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American & Canadian Studies events - Spring 2015 (PDF)

The 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War

27 May 2015 (17:00-18:00)
A01 Highfield House
American and Canadian Studies Visiting Speaker

Encounters and Collisions Discussion Series: Text Paintings and Speech Acts - Literary Encounters

28 May 2015 (18:30-20:30)
Nottingham Contemporary, The Studio
Sharon Monteith (American and Canadian Studies) hosts the third of four discussions to accompany the Nottingham Contemporary exhibition.

Varieties of Capitalism in the Americas – workshop

04 June 2015 (10:00-18:00)
B38a, Trent Building, University of Nottingham, University Park
The Centre for Economic and Business History is hosting a workshop on 'Varieties of Capitalism in the Americas' on Thursday 4 June 2015

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Department of American and Canadian Studies

The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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