Staff in American and Canadian Studies

Co-Directors

Dr Nathan Cardon

Dr Nathan Cardon

Lecturer in United States History
Co-Director of American and Canadian Studies

My primary research interests are in the social, cultural, and transnational histories of the U.S. South, mobility, U.S. empire, and race.

Dr Rona Cran

Dr Rona Cran

Lecturer in Twentieth-Century American Literature
Co-Director of American and Canadian Studies Centre

My teaching and research focusses on the literature and culture of twentieth-century North America, with a particular emphasis on collage, networks of influence, and the poetry and art of New York City.

Staff 

Dr Kate Ballantyne

Dr Kate Ballantyne

Teaching Fellow in US History

History of the United States and the American South; post-1945 social and political history

Dr Dorothy Butchard

Dr Dorothy Butchard

Lecturer in Contemporary Literature & Digital Cultures

I teach and research contemporary and twentieth century literature, with particular interest in digital cultures and creative representations of technological change in the modern age.

Dr Courtney J. Campbell

Dr Courtney J. Campbell

Lecturer in Latin American History

I am an historian of Latin America. My research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Brazilian cultural and social history. My current research interests are regional identity, race and representation, gender and representation, transnational consumer culture, popular culture movements, movement and migration, language-based movements, and spatial understandings of regional culture.

Dr Michell Chresfield

Dr Michell Chresfield

Lecturer in United States History

My research interests include cultural and intellectual history, the history of science and medicine, and the history of racial formation and identity making in twentieth century America.

Dr Tom Cutterham

Dr Tom Cutterham

Lecturer in United States History

Tom Cutterham is a historian of Revolutionary America and the late eighteenth-century Atlantic world. He teaches the history of North America from the first English colonisations to the end of the nineteenth century, including courses on women in the American Revolution and the meaning of freedom in American history. Following his first book, Gentlemen Revolutionaries: Power and Justice in the ...

Dr Diletta De Cristofaro

Dr Diletta De Cristofaro

Teaching Fellow in English Literature

I teach and research twenty-first and twentieth-century North American and British fiction. My main research interest is the nexus of narrative and time, with a particular focus on the contemporary post-apocalyptic novel.

Dr John Fagg

Dr John Fagg

Senior Lecturer

My work focuses on American art and literature and visual art in the early twentieth century and explores the ways in which cultural forms adapted to the new circumstances of American modernity.

Professor Danielle Fuller

Professor Danielle Fuller

Honorary Senior Research Fellow

My major areas of research are contemporary cultures of reading, Canadian literature and interdisciplinary research methods that combine textual and empirical modes of investigation.  I also have interests in popular culture, book history and publishing.

I have always been interested in the ways that people make sense of their everyday lives and how lived experience is a type of knowledge ...

Dr Steve Hewitt

Dr Steve Hewitt

Senior Lecturer in American and Canadian Studies

I’m a British/Canadian academic interested in security and intelligence in the past and present and in a US/UK/Canada context.  My work has covered a range of topics, such as state surveillance against Canadian universities, UK and US counter-terrorism, a history of informants, and the world's most famous police force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. 

Dr Richard Langley

Dr Richard Langley

Teaching Fellow in Film

With an academic grounding in American and Canadian Studies, and professional experience of television and film production, I am interested in multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and research. In particular, I am keen to develop a fusion of theory and practise by way of a multifaceted audio-visual academia that can function as a versatile teaching tool, and as a mode of publication and ...

Professor Scott Lucas

Professor Scott Lucas

Professor of American Studies

Scott Lucas became Professor of International Politics in 2014, having been on the staff of the University of Birmingham since 1989 and a Professor of American Studies since 1997.

He began his career as a specialist in US and British foreign policy, but his research interests now also cover current international affairs --- especially North Africa, the Middle East, and Iran --- New Media, and ...

Dr Jimmy Packham

Dr Jimmy Packham

Lecturer in North American Literature

I work on the representation of voice and the failure of language in nineteenth-century American Gothic literature, and on the literature of the sea and the presentation of subjectivity and oceanic depths in a variety of textual forms: novels, poetry, shipboard diaries, and logbooks. I teach widely across the discipline, primarily nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature.

Dr Vidyan Ravinthiran

Dr Vidyan Ravinthiran

Senior Lecturer in North American Literature

I write verse, academic criticism, and literary journalism, in the hope that complex ideas can be communicated in a variety of lively forms: ranging from the Long Eighteenth Century to the present day, I’ve a strong interest in the formal qualities of both verse and prose, and how they relate to historical fact and creative cognition. My next monograph is transatlantic, and concerns ...

Dr Rebecca Roach

Lecturer in Contemporary Literature

My teaching and research focuses on 20th and 21st century literature and culture across the Anglophone world, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between literature, media and book history.

Dr Will Smith

Dr Will Smith

Visiting Lecturer in Canadian Studies

I took my BA in English and American Studies at the University of Nottingham with a year spent at the University of Toronto. I then completed an MRes and a PhD in Canadian Literature at the University of Nottingham. I have since held teaching positions at the University of Nottingham, Lancaster University and the University of Birmingham.

Dr Rachel Sykes

Dr Rachel Sykes

Lecturer in Contemporary American Literature

I joined the University of Birmingham in 2016 as a lecturer in Contemporary American Literature. My research focuses on the American novel, quietness, memoir, gender, and digital cultures. I am currently writing a cultural and literary history of quiet in the American tradition.

Dr James Walters

Dr James Walters

Reader in Film and Television Studies
Head of Department of Film and Creative Writing

I research and teach film and television aesthetics. My work involves close reading and, particularly, I am interested in the relationship between this critical practice and questions of value and achievement.

Dr Sara K Wood

Lecturer in American Literature and Culture

I am a lecturer in American Literature and Culture. My research focuses on twentieth-century African American literature and visual art, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between political and aesthetic ideas of freedom.

Honorary staff

  • Dr S R Ameli Hon Research Fellow
  • Prof M Heale Hon Senior Research Fellow
  • Prof W G Kennedy Hon Senior Research Fellow
  • Dr A E Lang Hon Research Fellow
  • Prof John Lucas  Honorary Professor
  • Dr S Marandi  Hon Research Fellow
  • Prof M Tobin  Honorary Lecturer