interdisciplinary studies centre

American (US) Studies

Academic Staff

Andrew Priest
Senior Lecturer, Department of History
Research interests: US foreign policy since c1860; Public opinion and foreign policy; Anglo-American relations
Colin Samson
Professor, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Indigenous Peoples; Human Rights; Ethnic Studies; Colonialism; American Studies; Environmental Issues; Arts and Literature
Daragh Murray
Senior Lecturer, School of Law
Research interests: Armed Groups; Law of Armed Conflict; International Human Rights Law; Freedom of Expression; Public International Law; Counter-Terrorism; Surveillance; Big Data/AI & Human Rights
David McKay
Emeritus Professor, Department of Government
Eamonn Carrabine
Professor, Department of Sociology
Research interests: Crime and the Media; Cultural and Social Geography; Popular Music and Sociological Thinking; Punishment and Human Rights; Sociology of Imprisonment; Visual Sociology; Youth Culture
Gavin Grindon
Senior Lecturer, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: modern and contemporary art history; art and politics; activist-art; institutional critique and its futures; visual and material cultures of social movements and of social control; aesthetics and affect in social movements; curatorial studies; intersections of curating, critique and political organising
Jeffrey Geiger
Professor, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: documentary media; media practice and theory; amateur cinema; race and ethnicity in US literature, film, television; visual cultures of Oceania; Nollywood and New Nigerian cinema; Pacific region in film and photography
Jordan Savage
Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: avant-garde U.S. poetry; literatures of the American South-West; alternative knowledges; feminist reading and writing practices; environmental criticism;
Maria Cristina Fumagalli
Professor, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Caribbean literatures, art and cinema; literature and place; border studies (especially concerning the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic); literature and the environment; migration and literature; human rights and literature; literature and the visual arts; contemporary poetry; literary and filmic rewritings, adaptations, translation and comparative studies; contemporary Caribbean and US relations (especially regarding the Dominican and Haitian Diasporas); the work of Derek Walcott, Seamus Heaney, Junot Diaz, and Edwidge Danticat; postcolonial studies; women writing; Italian cinema and literature
Owen Robinson
Senior Lecturer, Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Research interests: Literature and culture of the US South; William Faulkner; New Orleans; Post-war US fiction; African-American literature; Theory Bakhtin, reader-response, literary geography
Peter Patrick
Professor, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Language Variation & Change; Language and Human Rights; Language Testing of Asylum Seekers; African (American) Diaspora Languages; Pidgin & Creole Linguistics, (esp on Caribbean English-related creoles); Language/Dialect Maintenance, Shift & Death; Sound Change in Sociolinguistic Context
Sean Kelley
Senior Lecturer, Department of History
Research interests: New World slavery; The transatlantic slave trade; Africans in the Americas; Transnational mercantile networks and connections; Maritime history; Testimony, autobiography, and narrative in African and Atlantic history; Global and transnational approaches to history
Stevphen Shukaitis
Reader, EBS - Organisational Studies and Human Resources
Research interests: cultural production and contemporary capitalism; social theory; artistic labour; social and political imaginaries; communication technologies; avant-gardes and aesthetics; continental philosophy; social movements; intellectual and social history
Timo Jütten
Head of School - Professor (R), School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Critical social theory (Adorno, Habermas, Honneth); Political philosophy (markets and commodification); Philosophy and Gender (especially sexual objectification, pornography, sex work); Ethics (especially Kants and Kantian ethics); Philosophical foundations of human rights (especially the relationship between human dignity and human rights, mental capacity and human rights)