THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

Job Title:                   Professor in American Intellectual & Cultural History

Salary:                      Salary will be within the Professorial range, minimum £55,259 per

Location:                    School of American & Canadian Studies

Responsible to:              Head of School: Professor Peter Messent

Job Outline:

Professor in American Intellectual & Cultural History with teaching and senior administrative
duties. The person appointed is expected to be research active.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

   To provide leadership for the design and delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate
    modules in American Intellectual and Cultural History; and to contribute (often as Module
    Convenor) to the School‟s teaching programme in this and other, related areas.

   To examine in the assessments for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

   To act as undergraduate Personal Tutor.

   To initiate and undertake research of international quality.

   To secure external funding to support research.

   To supervise research students.

   To deliver research seminars and organise research meetings.

   To forge appropriate collaborations within and outside the University.

   To collaborate with other staff within the University in research funding submissions and
    successful delivery of high quality research.

   To undertake senior administrative duties and contribute to the strategic development of
    the School, including possible School leadership.

   To undertake training consistent with continuous professional development.

   To undertake any other duties appropriate to the grade and role.

This job description may be subject to revision following discussion with the person appointed
Teaching, research and administration and forms part of the contract of employment.
Person Specification:
                                Essential                              Desirable
Qualifications/    PhD in relevant area.
Skills/Training    Excellent communication skills.

                   Good time-management skills.

                   Ability to establish and contribute to
                   collaborative projects.
Experience         Proven record of publications:
                   books, monographs, articles in high-
                   quality journals.

                   Research work of international
Personal           Leadership skills.
                   Originality in research.

                   Enthusiasm for disseminating and
                   exchanging expertise with staff and

                   Flexibility to operate in an inter-
                   disciplinary unit.
Other              The successful candidate will be a       Specialism in American culture
                   specialist and leading researcher in     and/or American cultural history.
                   American Intellectual and Cultural
                   History and will conduct original
                   research in this area. The candidate
                   will be expected to deliver modules
                   that discuss key American ideas and
                   movements in American intellectual
                   history and which pay particular
                   attention to interactions between
                   European and American thought and

                   Evidence of long-term research
                   strategy and of administrative and
                   leadership capabilities.

The person appointed will be expected to take up the appointment of 1 September 2009.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Professor P Messent, tel: 0115 951 4265 or Email:

Please quote ref. JK/28896X1.                    Closing date: 11 December 2008.
                             THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM



In HEFCE‟s Teaching Quality Assessment the School received an “Excellent” grade of 22 out of
24 points.

All degrees are offered full- and part-time. Single and Joint Honours BAs in American Studies are
either four years, with “International Study” at one of the School‟s partner institutions in North
America, or three years with no study abroad. Both Single Honours BAs in Film and Television
Studies are three years; Joint Honours are three years, or four-years in the case of Joint Honours
with Modern Languages.

BA (Hons): American Studies; American Studies with Canadian Studies; American Studies with
Chinese Studies, American Studies and English; American Studies and History; Politics and
American Studies; Film and Television Studies and American Studies; Film and Television
Studies; Film and Television Studies with Chinese Studies, Film and Television Studies and Art
History; Film and Television Studies and Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish,
Spanish Beginners, Russian or Russian Beginners), Film and Television Studies and Music; Film
and Television Studies and Cultural Sociology; Film and Television Studies and Theology.

The School offers the MA in American Studies (with specialisms in literature, history and visual
culture), the MA in American Foreign Policy and the MA in English and American Studies. The
Institute of Film and Television Studies offers its own independent MA in Hollywood Studies.

MPhil and PhD
The School of American & Canadian Studies has a flourishing postgraduate community with
around 50 research students, of which about half are in Film and Television Studies. These two
research programs are administered separately, but also interact with one another as often as


In the 1992 and 1996 national research selectivity assessments, the School received 5a ratings,
and in 2001 it received a 5*. Since 1996 the School has attracted significant research income e.g.
for projects on “Literary and Visual Representations of Three American Cities”, “Film Consumption
and the City”, “Criss Cross : Confluence and Influence in 20th Century African American Music,
Visual Art and Literature”, “Social Capital and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference” and
“Landscapes of Secrecy: The CIA and the contested record of US foreign policy”.

The person appointed would be expected to be research active, have a proven record of
publications: books, monographs and articles in high quality academic journals, and to participate
in the research culture of the School.


The person appointed would be expected to play a key role in contributing to the future direction
(and possible leadership) of the School.
Members of staff (as at November 2008):

Professor John Ashworth (Oxford) Professor of American History:
Slavery, capitalism and politics in the ante-bellum period; the Civil War; racism in the US.

Dr Celeste-Marie Bernier (Nottingham) Lecturer in American Literature:
Slavery, African American literature and history; the nineteenth century American novel and
women‟s literature; the American short story; children‟s literature; intellectual history.

Dr Susan Billingham (Queen’s, Ontario) Lecturer in Canadian Studies:
Canadian literature, particularly contemporary poetry and language-centred writing; women's
writing; feminist theory; post-colonial literatures; Canadian Studies.

Dr Mark Gallagher (Oregon) Lecturer in Film and Television Studies:
Contemporary American film; contemporary American and international television; popular
East Asian cinema; global film genres; documentary television and film; masculinity studies.

Dr E Evans (London) Lecturer in Film and Television Studies:
US and UK Television; Internet; Mobile Phones; Computer Games; Audience Research;
Transmedia Storytelling and Engagement

Dr John Fagg (Nottingham) Lecturer in American Literature: Realism in painting and
literature around 1900; the emergence of modernism and modernity in America, the literary
sketch; magazine illustration (especially Norman Rockwell).

Dr Paul Grainge (Nottingham) Associate Professor in Film Studies:
Memory; nostalgia; globalisation; branding; post-national identities.

Dr A Hutchison (Nottingham) Lecturer in American Intellectual and Cultural History:
Pragmatism (especially Dewey, Hook, Rorty), New York Intellectuals, political fiction,
contemporary US literature, „post-boomer‟ culture, American music.

Professor Matthew Jones (Oxford) Professor in American Foreign Relations:
US foreign policy since 1945, with special reference to East and South East Asia; as above for
British foreign policy; nuclear history; race and US foreign relations; Anglo-American relations.

Dr Stephanie Lewthwaite (Warwick) Lecturer in American History:
Anglo-Mexican relations in nineteenth and twentieth-century California with an emphasis on
immigration, social policy, reform and urbanism; the twentieth-century Latino experience in
the United States with a focus on history, literature, and the making of cultural and ethnic

Professor Peter Ling (Keele) Professor in American Studies:
19C and 20C culture and technology; environmental history; race and Civil Rights Movement.

Dr Ruth Maxey (UCL) Lecturer in American Literature:
Asian American and British Asian writing: conceptions of home within diasporic and minority
literatures; the language of migration and the sociolinguistics of race and ethnicity; Whiteness
Studies, Mixed-Race Studies and the literary processes of racialisation; transatlantic anxieties
of influence between writers; cultural productions about immigrant life in the United States,
the UK, and Europe; the textual uses of counter-history; and American and postcolonial life-

Professor Peter Messent (Nottingham), Professor of Modern American Literature:
Realism and naturalism; narrative theory; the West; Mark Twain; modernism.
Dr Vivien Miller (Open, Milton Keynes) Associate Professor in American History:
Histories of violence, crime and criminal justice in the 19C and 20C United States; prisons and
prisoners; capital punishment; gender, race and class in the pre-1945 American South; women‟s

Professor Sharon Monteith (Nottingham) Professor in American Studies:
Contemporary American Fiction; the American South post-1945; fiction and the Civil Rights
Movement; race and rights in cultural history and cinema.

Dr Sinead Moynihan (Nottingham), Post-doctoral Fellow:
Contemporary American Fiction; Irish and Irish American literature and culture; narratives of
racial and gender “passing”.

Professor David Murray (London) Professor of American Studies:
Indian culture and writing; women's and black writing; Ezra Pound; Charles Olson; the New York
Poets; literary theory.

Professor Judie Newman (Cambridge) Professor of American Studies:
Contemporary fiction; literature of slavery; trans-national and postcolonial literature, especially
South African.

Professor Roberta Pearson (New York University) Professor of Film and Television
Studies: popular culture; American television drama, particularly „cult‟ or „genre‟ television;
Shakespeare in the British and American cinema; American or British television drama;
television history, cultural icons; American or British film history; early cinema; questions of
taste and value; Shakespeare and cinema/television, and collective memory and

Dr Matthew Pethers (Kings College, London) Lecturer in American Studies:
The intellectual and cultural history of America between the mid eighteenth century and the
Civil War: particularly print culture and Revolutionary politics; the origins of American
Romanticism; ideas of labor and knowledge during the antebellum period; early American
drama; transatlantic cultural relations.

Dr Maria Ryan (Birmingham) Lecturer in American History:
Post-1945 US foreign relations; in particular, neoconservatism and US foreign policy, especially
post-1989; intellectuals and the formation of foreign policy; intelligence and the CIA; the Bush
administration and the 'war on terror'.

Dr Bevan Sewell (de Montfort): Lecturer in American Foreign Relations: Lecturer in
American Foreign Relations:
US foreign policy during the Cold War: the policies of the Dwight D. Eisenhower administration,
with particular emphasis on Latin America.

Dr Gianluca Sergi (Sheffield Hallam) Associate Professor in Film Studies:
Film-making practices, film sound, script-writing, Hollywood, Italian cinema.

Dr Jacob Smith (Indiana) Lecturer in Film and Television Studies:
American film and broadcasting history; media performance; cultural history of recorded
sound; advertising and consumer culture; cultural studies; reception studies.

Dr Julian Stringer (Indiana) Associate Professor in Film Studies:
Hollywood, East Asian cinema; film historiography; globalisation; reception; cultural studies.

Dr Graham Thompson (Nottingham Trent) Associate Professor in American Studies:
American culture in the 1980s. Douglas Coupland, Nicholson Baker, Chuck Palahniuk and Bret
Easton Ellis. Business and work in American culture. Desire and sexuality in nineteenth
century American literature, particularly the work of sensationalist writers such as George
Lippard but also Melville and Hawthorne.
Professor Douglas Tallack (Sussex) Professor of American Studies:
Modernism and post-modernism; critical theory; visual culture.

Dr Robin Vandome (Cantab) Lecturer in American Cultural and Intellectual History:
Modernist Elements in American Scientific Thought 1870-1910.

To top