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.

Undergraduate students

Hannah McHardie, wearing a white and blue stripy top, and smiling into the camera

Hannah McHardie, second-year American and Canadian Studies (Study Abroad) BA

It’s a really fun degree! I enjoy even just doing my reading and turning up to seminars and having discussions because it’s something that I am passionate about.

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Daniel Shephard, first-year American and Canadian Studies and History BA

Don't worry if you don't make amazing friends in your first week, month or even semester. I've continued making friends throughout my first year.

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Liberty Jones

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

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.


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Postgraduate students

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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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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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.

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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.

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Our graduates

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Amelia Anastasi, Paralegal

American Studies and History BA graduate, 2020

Because American Studies can be quite contemporary, it allowed me to reflect on the past and consider the future consequences in culture and society. This really allowed me to be imaginative.

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Varun Lobo, Workday Consultant at Deloitte

American Studies and History BA graduate, 2020

It’s insane how relatable it is to getting a massive book in the library and taking three or four key points out of it, to what I’m doing now, where I’m getting a huge amount of information and summarising the key points for colleagues.

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Aodhbha Bassani, Postgraduate law conversion

American and Canadian Studies (Study Abroad) BA 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.

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Elliot Haines, Head of SEO at Hallam  

Film and Television Studies and American Studies BA 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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Natalie Shortall, Constituency Caseworker for Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP 

American and Canadian Studies (Study Abroad) BA 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.

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