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Rosemary Pearce

PhD in American Studies, Faculty of Arts

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Teaching Summary

Face-to-Face Teaching Experience

Autumn 2017: Seminar Tutor, A History of Crime and Punishment in the United States (Level 2), Department of American and Canadian Studies, University of Nottingham

Autumn 2017: Seminar Tutor, Roads to Modernity, 1789 - 1945 (Level 1), Department of History, University of Nottingham

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

November 2017 - Present: Convenor, MA Slavery and Liberation, School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham

Research Summary

Current Status

PhD - completed

Research Interest Keywords

protest and resistance, public spaces, oral history, history of emotions, everyday histories, social movements, food and eating, especially how this intersects with cultural and political identities

Research Topic

Mobilised Emotions: Public Transportation in the Jim Crow Era, 1896-1964

Research Summary

This project works to unveil emotional experiences on segregated public transportation from 1896 to 1964. In so doing, it opens up how feelings evoked by racial conflict on public transportation helped to fuel the black rights movement that demanded the end of the segregated system. Through examining plaintiffs of civil rights test cases, Pullman porters, members of the armed forces in the Second World War, and grassroots activists of the 1950s and 1960s, the thesis reassesses the familiar topics of segregated transportation and black resistance to it through the lens of emotions. It shows not only that the feelings of African Americans were systematically dismissed, ignored, and suppressed, but also that the expression of certain emotions was mandatory for black passengers. Deviating from these emotional norms often resulted in verbal or physical abuse, hindering the protest of discriminatory treatment perpetrated by white police, bus drivers, conductors, and passengers.

Finally, the thesis uncovers how black activists responded to this everyday form of racial control by converting emotional self-regulation into a weapon with which to attack segregation. The emotional context of segregated public transportation in this period has hitherto been neglected, but following the emotional turn in history, this project works to illuminate the full extent of the racial control white Americans exerted over the expression of African American emotion. Recognising this distinct form of oppression has implications for the study of the Jim Crow era more widely, and in particular the long civil rights movement.

Research Supervisors

Professor Sharon Monteith

Professor Peter Ling

Primary Funding Source

AHRC

Memberships

Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS)

British Association for American Studies (BAAS)

Other Roles

Convenor, MA Slavery and Liberation

Recent Publications

  • ROSEMARY PEARCE, 2019. Murder on the Kansas City Special? Pullman Porters, Emotions, and the Strange Case of J. H. Wilkins Journal of American Studies. (In Press.)
  • ROSEMARY PEARCE, 2019. Murder on the Kansas City Special? Pullman Porters, Emotions, and the Strange Case of J. H. Wilkins Journal of American Studies. (In Press.)

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