The Centre draws on expertise from University of Nottingham faculty in the Departments of American and Canadian Studies, History, and Politics and International Relations, and is open to members from across the University. 

Stephanie Lewthwaite

Associate Professor in American History

I am an interdisciplinary scholar with research interests in US Latinx history and culture with a specific focus on the role of place, race, and memory in borderland spaces and contemporary visual culture. My book projects have examined the impact of social reform programmes on Mexican migrants in Los Angeles during the Progressive and New Deal periods, and the role of modernist cultures in shaping Hispano art in New Mexico during the early twentieth century. My current projects focus on contemporary Chicanx visual culture in the US-Mexico borderlands and relational memory in Caribbean Latinx art in New York City since the 1970s. I have a growing interest in the relationship between art, ecology and interspecies kinship.

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Bevan Sewell

Associate Professor in American History

I am a historian of U.S. history, with a particular focus on U.S. foreign relations during the twentieth century, and the domestic, cultural, transnational and global interconnections that have influenced the American role in the world. In my first project, I examined the evolution of U.S. policy in Latin American during the Eisenhower and Kennedy presidencies, and in my current work, I am researching the approach of former secretary of state, John Foster Dulles, toward the problem of worldmaking in the first half of the twentieth century. Future work will examine the relationship between rights, neoliberalism, and inequality in Margaret Thatcher’s Britain.

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Joe Merton

Lecturer in Twentieth Century History

I am a historian of the post-1945 United States, with particular research interests in race and ethnicity, crime and urban politics, conservatism and the Right, and the history of New York City. My first research project addressed the changing politics of white, European ethnicity during the 1970s, and its impact on presidential politics and policymaking during this time. My current research focuses on the politics of crime in 1970s New York, and argues that anxieties over predatory crime were at least as significant as the concurrent fiscal crisis in reshaping New Yorkers’ attitudes towards government and the market, citizenship, urban space and design, and urban governance.

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Anna Meier

Assistant Professor, School of Politics and International Relations

I came to Nottingham in 2021 as an assistant professor in the School of Politics and International Relations. My research specializes in the study of white supremacy and white supremacist violence in the U.S. and Europe, using ethnographic and archival methods to examine how security institutions perceive these threats. My first book, "What Do We Know and What Should We Do About White Supremacy?", is under contract with Sage. 

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