Department of American and Canadian Studies
   
   
  

Postgraduate Alumni

Selected Profiles of PhDs from the Department of American and Canadian Studies Since 2000

Erica Arthur

Thesis Topic: White-Collar Protest Fiction in the 1950s and 1990s (completed 2003)

Supervisors: Professor Sharon Monteith, Professor Douglas Tallack

Current Employment: International Development Manager for North America in International Relations, University of Birmingham

Matthew Beedham

Thesis Topic: Border Rhetoric and Asian-Canadian Writing (completed 2004)

Supervisor: Dr Susan Billingham

Current Employment: Associate Professor, Deptartment of English, University of Nottingham Ningbo

Celeste-Marie Bernier

Thesis Topic: The Creole Revolt in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (completed 2002)

Supervisors: Professor Judie Newman, Professor Richard King

Current Employment: Professor, School of Literatures, Languages, and Cultures, University of Edinburgh

 

 

Tom Bishop

Thesis Topic: 'Gun-thy-Neighbour': Fallout Shelters, Masculinity and Nuclear Survival during the Early Cold War (completed 2016)

Supervisors: Dr Tony Hutchison, Dr Bevan Sewell

Current Employment: Lecturer, School of History and Heritage, University of Lincoln

Martyn Bone

Thesis Topic: Postsouthern Cartographies: Capital, Land and Place (completed 2001)

Supervisors: Professor Richard King, Professor Peter Messent

Current Employment: Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Copenhagen

Bronagh Clarke

Thesis Topic: Antimodernism in the Novels of Robert Kroetsch (completed 2007)

Supervisors: Dr Susan Billingham, Professor Peter Messent

Current Employment: Departmental Administrator, Pediatrics & Child Health, University College Cork

 

 

Rebecca Cobby

Thesis Topic: The Representation of African American Men in Black Visual Art (completed 2011)

Supervisors: Professor Celeste-Marie Bernier, Dr John Fagg

Current Employment: Special Programmes Coordinator for the Fulbright Commission

Michael Collins

Thesis Topic: Ritual, Transatlanticism and the Melodramatic Mode in the Nineteenth-Century American Short Story (completed 2010)

Supervisors: Professor Judie Newman, Dr Graham Thompson

Current Employment: Lecturer, School of English, University of Kent 

Hannah Durkin

Thesis Topic: The Black Female Dancing Body in the Films and Writings of Josephine Baker and Katherine Dunham (completed 2012)

Supervisors: Professor Celeste-Marie Bernier, Professor Sharon Monteith

Current Employment: Lecturer, School of English, Newcastle University

 

 

  

John Fagg

Thesis Topic: Stephen Crane, George Bellows, and Modernism (completed 2005)

Supervisors: Professor Peter Messent, Professor Douglas Tallack

Current Employment: Lecturer, Department of American and Canadian Studies, University of Birmingham 

Zalfa Feghali

Thesis Topic: Queer Citizenship and Acts of Reading (completed 2013)

Supervisors: Dr Susan Billingham, Dr Stephanie Lewthwaite

Current Employment:Lecturer, School of English, University of Leicester

 

Alan Gibbs

Thesis Topic: Henry Roth’s Mercy of a Rude Stream (completed 2005)

Supervisors: Professor Sharon Monteith, Professor Judie Newman

Current Employment: Lecturer, Department of English, University College Cork

 

 

Basil Glynn

Thesis Topic: A Developmental Study of the Mummy in Film from its Origins to the Fifties (completed 2005)

Supervisors: Professor Judie Newman, Professor Mark Jancovich

Current Employment: Senior Lecturer, School of Media and Performing Arts, Middlesex University

Ceri Gorton

Thesis Topic: The Fiction of Barbara Kingsolver (completed 2009)

Supervisors: Professor Sharon Monteith, Professor Judie Newman

Current Employment: Cultural Development Manager, Oxford City Council

David Greenham

Thesis Topic: Norman O. Brown, Herbert Marcuse, and the Romantic Tradition (completed 2001)

Supervisors: Professor Richard King, Professor David Murray

Current Employment: Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education, University of the West of England
 

 

Joanne Hall

Thesis Topic: The Female Hobo in the Twentieth Century (completed 2007)

Supervisors: Professor Judie Newman, Professor Margaret Walsh

Current Employment: Lecturer, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Department, California State University, Long Beach

Kevin Hunt

Thesis Topic: Text in Painting from 19th Century Still Life to Abstract Expressionism (completed 2007)

Supervisors: Professor Peter Messent, Professor Douglas Tallack,

Current Employment: Senior Lecturer in Design, Culture and Context, Nottingham Trent University

Anthony Hutchison

Thesis Topic: Post-War American Political Fiction (completed 2004)

Supervisors: Professor David Murray, Professor Richard King

Current Employment: Lecturer, Department of American and Canadian Studies, University of Nottingham
 

 

Alice Lilly

Thesis Topic: The Politics of Poverty and Welfare in the US and UK during the 1990s-early 2000s (completed 2016)

Supervisors: Dr Anthony Hutchison, Professor Peter Ling

Current Employment: Researcher, Institute for Government

Áine Mahon

Thesis Topic: “Touchstones of Intimacy”: The Philosophical Styles of Wallace Stevens, Stanley Cavell and Richard Rorty (completed 2009)

Supervisors: Dr Anthony Hutchison, Professor Richard King

Current Employment: Lecturer, School of Education, University College Dublin

Maha Marouan

Thesis Topic: Religion and History on Selected Works of the African Americas (completed 2006)

Supervisors: Professor Sharon Monteith, Professor Judie Newman

Current Employment: Professor, Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Pennsylvania

 

 

Karen McNally

Thesis Topic: Frank Sinatra, Cinema and Post-War Male Identity (completed 2004)

Supervisor: Professor Sharon Monteith

Current Employment: Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, London Metropolitan University

Kim Moody

Thesis Topic: Tramps, Trade Union Travellers and Wandering Workers: How Geographic Mobility Undermined Organized Labour in Gilded Age America (completed 2016)

Supervisors: Professor John Ashworth, Dr Christopher Phelps

Current Employment: Emeritus editor of Labor Notes, and freelance labor historian

 

Sinead Moynihan

Thesis Topic: Passing Narratives at the Fins de Siecles (completed 2007)

Supervisors: Professor Celeste-Marie Bernier, Professor Sharon Monteith

Current Employment: Senior Lecturer, Department of English, University of Exeter

 

 

 

Champa Patel

Thesis Topic: Pan-Africanism and Civil Rights – Ralph Bunche, Mohammad Ali and Malcolm X (completed 2005)

Supervisors: Professor Sharon Monteith, Professor Richard King

Current Employment: Head of Casework and Activism, Amnesty International UK

 

Donna Peberdy

Thesis Topic: Male Angst in Contemporary American Cinema (completed 2009)

Supervisors: Professor Sharon Monteith, Dr Paul Grainge

Current Employment: Senior Lecturer, Faculty of the Creative Industries and Society, Southampton Solent University 

Benjamin Pickford

Thesis Topic: Double Writing: Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Theoretical Poetics (completed 2014)

Supervisors: Dr Matthew Pethers, Dr Graham Thompson

Current Employment: Lecturer, English Department, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

 

 

 

Clare Russell

Thesis Topic: Citizenship Schools in South Carolina and Georgia, 1957-1970 (completed 2009)

Supervisors: Professor Peter Ling, Professor Richard King

Current Employment: HR Business Partner Consultant, University of Oxford

Yomna Saber

Thesis Topic: Shifting Positions in the Poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks (completed 2007)

Supervisors: Professor Celeste-Marie Bernier, Professor David Murray

Current Employment: Assistant Professor, Department of English, Ain Shams University, Egypt 

Mark Storey

Thesis Topic: Rural Representation in Postbellum American Fiction (completed 2012)

Supervisors: Professor Peter Messent, Professor Douglas Tallack

Current Employment: Assistant Professor, Department of English and Comparative Studies, University of Warwick
 

 

Rachel Sykes

Thesis Topic: The Quiet Contemporary American Novel (completed 2015)

Supervisors: Professor Sharon Monteith, Dr Graham Thompson

Current Employment: Lecturer, School of English, Birmingham

Rachel Walls

Thesis Topic: Screen Stories and Surveillance of the Downtown East Side in Vancouver (completed 2011)

Supervisors: Dr Susan Billingham, Dr Gillian Roberts

Current Employment:

Academic Skills Development Tutor in Lifelong Learning, University of Leeds

Rachel Williams

Thesis Topic: Civilian Relief Agencies During the American Civil War (completed 2016)

Supervisors: Professor John Ashworth, Dr Vivien Miller

Current Employment: Lecturer, Department of American Studies, University of Hull

 

Nick Witham

Thesis Topic: US Cultural Radicalism, the Central America Solidarity Movement, and the Legacy of the New Left, 1979-1992 (completed 2012)

Supervisors: Dr Anthony Hutchison, Professor Sharon Monteith

Current Employment: Lecturer, Institute of the Americas, University College London 

Jenny Woodley

Thesis Topic: The Cultural Campaigns of the NAACP, 1910-1955 (completed 2009)

Supervisors: Professor Peter Ling, Professor Richard King

Current Employment: Lecturer, School of Arts and Humanities, Nottingham Trent University

 

Yan Ying

Thesis Topic: Cultural Representation and Identity Formation in Chinese-American Literature Since 1976 (completed 2006)

Supervisors: Professor Sharon Monteith, Professor David Murray

Current Employment:Lecturer in Translation Studies, University of Leicester

 

 

 

 

A Selection of Books Based on Theses Completed in the Department of American and Canadian Studies

drama american short story

The Drama of the American Short Story, 1800-1865 by Michael Collins (University of Michigan Press, 2016)

 
Cormac McCarthy's Literary Evolution

Cormac McCarthy’s Literary Evolution: Editors, Agents, and the Crafting of a Prolific American Author by Daniel King (University of Tennessee Press, 2016)  

 
Ironist-Romantic

The Ironist and the Romantic: Reading Richard Rorty and Stanley Cavell by Áine Mahon (Bloomsbury, 2015)

 
USForeign Policy

US Foreign Policy and the Modernization of Iran: Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and the Shah by Ben Offiler (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

 
Cultural-left

The Cultural Left and the Reagan Era: US Protest and Central American Revolution by Nick Witham (I. B. Tauris, 2015)

 
art-for-equality

Art for Equality: The NNACP’s Cultural Campaign for Civil Rights by Jenny Woodley (University Press of Kentucky, 2014)

 
Postsouthersn-Sense-M-Bone

The Postsouthern Sense of Place in Contemporary Fiction by Martyn Bone (Louisiana State University Press, 2005)

 

 

Characters of Blood: Black Heroism in the Transatlantic Imagination by Celeste-Marie Bernier (University Press of Virginia, 2012)
 

 

Masculinity and Film Performance: Male Angst in Contemporary American Cinema by Donna Peberdy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)
 

 

 On the Cusp: Stephen Crane, George Bellows, and Modernism by John Fagg (University of Alabama Press, 2009)
 

 

Passing into the Present: Contemporary American Fiction of Racial and Gender Passing by Sinead Moynihan (Manchester University Press, 2010)
 

 

Rural Fictions, Urban Realities: A Geography of Gilded Age Literature by Mark Storey (Oxford University Press, 2013)
 

 

Henry Roth's Semi-Autobiographical Tetralogy Mercy of a Rude Stream (1994-1998): The Second Career of an American Novelist by Alan Gibbs (Edwin Mellen Press, 2009)

 

 

When Frankie Went to Hollywood: Frank Sinatra and American Male Identity by Karen McNally (University of Illinois Press, 2008)
 

 

Witches, Goddesses, and Angry Spirits: The Politics of Spiritual Liberation in African Diaspora Women’s Fiction by Maha Marouan (Ohio State University Press, 2013)
 

 

Writing the Republic: Liberalism and Morality in American Political Fiction by Anthony Hutchison (Columbia University Press, 2007)
 

 

Bravetobieinvolved

Brave to be Involved: Shifting Positions in the Poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks by Yomna Saber (Peter Lang, 2010)

 

 

 

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