60 Seconds With Sylvia Ellis

The U.S. Studies Online 60 Seconds interview feature offers a short and informal introduction to a postgraduate, academic or non-academic specialist working in the American and Canadian Studies field or a related American and Canadian Studies association.  Last month you spent 60 seconds with the U. S. Studies Online Editorial team. This … Continue reading

The Manhattan Male in “Grit Lit” and Film from the 1970s to the 1990s

“Modern masculinity has shifted in order to fit into amodern city frame. This leaves behind the man in the gray flannel suit and the image of the conformist suburbanite. The new urban man of the late twentieth century has his identity constructed by Manhattan’s rapid commodity fetishism. Like the city itself, his body becomes visible, measurable and displayed.” Continue reading

60 Seconds With Jenny Terry

What advice would you give to early career academics?

“Stamina and, when things go wrong, the ability to ‘reset’ your frame of mind will stand you in good stead in academia. Don’t be afraid to speak up and out!” Continue reading

60 Seconds With Nick Witham

Who would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?

“I’ve always been sceptical of the idea that people from diverse time periods would have much to discuss at fantasy dinner parties. So my guest list has an “intellectuals of the mid-twentieth century” theme: Richard Hofstadter, Hannah Arendt, Lionel Trilling, Amiri Baraka, and Susan Sontag. I wouldn’t get a word in edgeways.” Continue reading

60 Seconds With Katie McGettigan

How did you come to your current area of research?

“… I took a class in Bibliography and Book History during my Master’s, which got me started on the materiality of books. It suddenly seemed to illogical to me that I’d spend so much time thinking about texts, and so little time thinking about books as things. I’ve made up for that since.” Continue reading

USSO Interviews BAAS Postgraduate Representative Rachael Alexander

In April 2014 Rachael Alexander was elected as the Postgraduate Representative for the British Association for American Studies. One month later Michelle Green spoke to her about her manifesto, what she thinks are the biggest challenges facing postgraduate students at the moment, and how we can all help. Continue reading

60 Seconds With Bridget Bennett

What has been your most memorable career moment so far?

“There are two. At the very start of my DPhil viva the examiners told me that I had passed. They had to tell me three times before I believed them, so it has firmly stuck in my mind. The second took place some months later, when having decisively realised that I really did not want to be an academic I wandered into to British Library one evening after work to read a book. I suddenly realised it was too late: I had accidentally become one.” Continue reading

Review of American Imperialism and Identity Conference

American Imperialism and National Identity Conference, University of Durham 14 June 2014   With Iraq in turmoil and U.S. military involvement in the Middle East once again in the spotlight, the timing of the ‘American Imperialism and National Identity Conference’ on the 14th of June at St. Aidan’s College, University … Continue reading

60 Seconds With Joe Street

What has been your most memorable career moment so far?

“After I gave my first paper at the Southern Historical Association when I was writing up my PhD thesis, two people came up and said some very, very kind things about it: the SNCC activist Cleveland Sellers and the great historian John Dittmer. I felt about ten feet tall at that moment.” Continue reading