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All members of the Centre for American Studies are actively engaged in academic research, publishing their work both here in the UK and in the USA.  Indeed, wherever possible they teach from their particular research strengths.


Research Grants and Fellowships

In recent years, Centre staff have won a number of research grants, including a British Academy Research Development Award, British Academy Small Research Grants, AHRC Research Leave grants, Wellcome Trust Research Expenses, and grants from the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and the Harry Truman Library.

Two members of the Centre have been elected to Fellowships at the Rothermere American Institute at the Univeristy of Oxford, and in recent years a number of Visiting Professors have come to join us in the Centre on externally funded programmes.


The success that the Centre has had in research grant applications has had a positive effect on the resource materials that are available to students and staff alike here at the University.  Most recently, for example, the Centre successfully acquired sufficient funding to allow for the purchase of 15 reels of microfilmed National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) papers, and 12 reels of microfilmed papers of the Committee to Defend America (CDAAA) and Fight for Freedom (FFF) for the University of Leicester Library. 


Annual Lecture

For almost a decade, the Centre has hosted the UK's premier American Studies Annual Lecture.  Inaugurated in 2003, the lecture series attracts distinguished speakers from the United States, often on a subject that links closely to the research strengths of the Centre, the modules that we teach, or both.  See the News Archive for details of past annual lectures.


The Centre has hosted a number of conferences in recent years including Before and after 9/11: American Literature and Culture in June 2010; 'We, the People' The Public and American Foreign Policy in April 2008; The British Association of American Studies 52nd Annual Conference in April 2007; and The American Politics Group Annual Conference in January 2007.

Special Events

The Centre regularly hosts special events.  Recent lectures include Professor J. William Harris (New Hampshire) speaking on slavery, race and the American Revolution; Professors Nancy Hewitt and Steven Lawson (Rutgers) on Women's suffrage and the Civil Rights movement; and Professor Will Kaufman (UCLAN) on Woody Guthrie.  2009 saw a visit from the Assistant Cultural Attaché of the American Embassy in London to discuss President Obama's first 100 days in office. The Centre also co-hosted a Filmmaker’s Event in 2006 at which the American director Mark Daniels introduced the UK premiere of his film Enemy Image. See our News Archive for further details.

Professional Activities

Members of the Centre are active on the Executive Committees of a number of professional associations.  These include the British Association for American Studies and the British American Nineteenth Century Historians (James Campbell and Elizabeth Clapp).  Centre members also serve on the editorial boards of journals, and act as peer reviewers for a number of British and American journals and academic presses. In addition, Centre members work regularly with the US Embassy in London and the Fulbright Commission.

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