Friends of USSO

U.S. Studies Online is incredibly grateful for the support it receives from a range of established and respected organisations. Our highly valued connections help to foster the sense of community at the core of USSO, coming together to support the wider PG and ECR network. U.S. Studies Online is also indebted to its contributors. We have a number of regular contributors who play a valuable role in promoting and developing USSO and AM/CAN Studies as a whole. Our supporters, collaborators, and regular contributors can be found below:

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Regular Contributors

Alex Bryne

Alex Bryne is a PhD student in the Department of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham conducting research into the meaning of the Monroe Doctrine in early twentieth century America. His interests include international relations in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century and is fond of the history of Imperial Germany. He can be found at

Jennifer Daly

Jenny is a PhD student in the School of English, Trinity College Dublin working on representations of the masculinity crisis in contemporary American fiction. Jenny is a Postgraduate rep for the IAAS ( and can be found online at or (worryingly often) on Twitter @jennybdaly.

Antonia Mackay

After receiving her English degree, Antonia worked as a fashion journalist before returning to academia, where she completed an MA and PhD in American Literature. Since 2011 she has been an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University as well as a lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London. In recent months Antonia received the teaching award at Oxford Brookes and is currently working on her first book - a monograph of her thesis on Cold War spaces and identity.

Hannah Murray

Dr. Hannah Lauren Murray is an early career researcher at the University of Nottingham. Her monograph in preparation examines liminal whiteness in early national and antebellum fiction.  From September, she will join the English department at King’s College London to teach Early American Studies. She sits on the Steering Committee for British Association of Nineteenth-Century Americanists (BrANCA).

Hannah-Rose Murray

Hannah Rose Murray completed her BA History at University College London in 2011 and the following year, she studied for a Masters in Public History at Royal Holloway University. Hannah started a project on Frederick Douglass in 2012 and after two years research on his impact on Britain, she is due to start a PhD in American Studies at the University of Nottingham in September 2014. Check out her website at -

Glen Whitcroft

Glen Whitcroft is a current PhD student at Northumbria University, working under the supervision of Professor Brian Ward. His research interests are rooted generally in African American music, with emphasis on its social and political impact. Following on from research conducted with Catherine Clinton at Queen's University Belfast, his PhD research topic is entitled 'We Shall Overcome: Music, Protest, and the Quest for Civil Rights in the United States and Northern Ireland, 1955-1975.'

Iain Williams

Iain Williams is a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on David Foster Wallace and how his work engages with notions of sincerity and authenticity. He holds an MA (Hons) in American Studies and an MSc in U.S. Literature, both from Edinburgh. An article on Wallace is forthcoming in the journal Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction.

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