Department of American and Canadian Studies

Our students

From module choices, to staff support, to spending a year abroad, past and current students share their experiences of American and Canadian Studies.

Current students:

Liberty Jones

Liberty Jones – fourth-year BA American and Canadian Studies (Study Abroad) 

I love the course so much because it's everything that I enjoy. And it’s so current as well. You’re doing something that’s happening as you’re studying it.
Carys Hughes, PhD American Studies student, sitting outside at graduation

Carys Hughes, PhD American Studies

The breadth and depth of the module opportunities and the world-leading expertise of staff members has provided me with a well-rounded knowledge and experience of my field.

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Headshot photo of Maxwell Ayamba, PhD Black Studies student

Maxwell A. Ayamba, PhD Black Studies

My research builds on the Government's 25 Year Environment Plan and the Julian Glover Review attempt to promote access to the countryside for everyone, especially Black and Minority Ethnic Communities. 

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A headshot photo of Caitlin Davies, American Studies MRes student

Caitlin Davies, MRes American Studies

With the help of my supportive supervision team, I have received regular feedback, pastoral support, and encouragement to grow as a writer.

Caitlin's full profile 

Omara Dyer Johnson ACS PhD

Omara Dyer-Johnson, PhD Black Studies

My research focuses on Afrofuturism, an aesthetic influenced by science-fiction and fantasy. I am currently looking at the way Afrofuturists conceptualise black identity in comics and graphic novels. 


Omara's full profile


Our graduates:


Aodhbha Bassani – Postgraduate law conversion

BA American and Canadian Studies (Study Abroad) graduate, 2020

I had never ever planned to do law! After I wrote my dissertation, I really wanted to be in a job that could help asylum seekers and refugees, particularly women and children.
Aodhbha's full profile

Elliot Haines – Head of SEO at Hallam  

BA Film and Television Studies and American Studies graduate, 2016

I saw 'Film and Television Studies' as part of a joint honours degree and thought it sounded quite interesting. I looked at all the modules and thought 'I could easily pick three years of fun, interesting modules from this'.
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A headshot photo of Natalie Shortall, BA American and Canadian Studies graduate

Natalie Shortall – Constituency Caseworker for Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP 

BA American and Canadian Studies (Study Abroad) graduate, 2018

That ability to form your own path, so you don’t have to home in on your main interests too soon, was really important. You got to explore so many different options.
Natalie's full profile 


Department of American and Canadian Studies

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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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