Department of American and Canadian Studies

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Rosemary Pearce

PhD Candidate in American Studies, Faculty of Arts


Teaching Summary

Face-to-Face Teaching Experience

Spring 2017: Seminar Tutor, African American History and Culture (Level 2), Department of American and Canadian Studies, University of Nottingham

Spring 2017: Seminar Tutor, American History: From Settlement to Superpower, Department of History, University of Sheffield

Spring 2015: Seminar Tutor, Approaches to American Culture 2, Department of American and Canadian Studies, University of Nottingham

Online Teaching Experience

May - June 2017, October - November 2016: Online Facilitator, Ending Slavery MOOC, FutureLearn, University of Nottingham

Research Summary

Current Status

PhD (full-time) - currently registered

Research Topic

The emotional experience of segregated public transportation in the Jim Crow era, 1896-1964

Research Summary

This thesis works to unveil emotional experiences on segregated public transportation from 1896 to 1964. In so doing, it begins to open up how feelings evoked by segregated public transportation helped to fuel the black rights movement that demanded the end of the segregated system.

It reassesses the familiar topics of segregated transportation and the black struggle against it through the lens of emotions, helping to illuminate the full context of racial control white Americans exerted over African Americans - and how black activists converted this form of oppression into a weapon with which to attack segregation.

Research Interests

Civil rights, public spaces, oral history, history of emotions, everyday histories, social movements and protest, food and eating

Research Supervisors

Professor Sharon Monteith

Professor Peter Ling

Primary Funding Source



Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS)

British Association for American Studies (BAAS)

Administration Roles

Social Sciences and Graduate Centre Coordinator, Graduate School, University of Nottingham

Department of American and Canadian Studies

University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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