On this page you can view the university staff profile pages and research interests of the American Studies team.
Dr Sam Hitchmough
Sam studied History at the University of Wales and completed his doctorate in at Keele University’s David Bruce Centre for American Studies. He taught at Keele University and Manchester Metropolitan University before joining the department at Christ Church. Sam was Director of the North American Study Abroad Programme for many years, taught at Cazenovia College in New York on an academic faculty exchange, and became Programme Director for American Studies in 2012.
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Dr Ben Lafferty
Ben is a historian of American journalism and media culture. He teaches modules on American history, the Atlantic World and the American news media. After joining Christ Church in 2014, in 2015 he became the Level 4 American Studies Programme Director.
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Dr Mark Ledwidge
Dr Mark Ledwidge studied at Manchester University where he gained a BA (Hons) in Combined Studies and a MA in social research. He went on to obtain a PhD with his thesis entitled African-Americans and US Foreign Policy. In 2011 Mark was appointed as Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and American Studies at CCCU which was followed by an appointment as Vacation Visiting Research Fellow at the prestigious Rothermere American Institute (RAI), University of Oxford (October 2012).
The Elite Power Investigations Centre (EPIC) was founded in 2014 by Inderjeet Parmar (City University London), Bastiaan van Apeldoorn, Naná de Graaff (both at VU University Amsterdam) and Mark Ledwidge (Canterbury Christ Church University) to foster and disseminate critical research on the power of elites, specifically private and state-private elites in national, transnational and global politics.
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Research Fellowship at City University
Dr Althea Legal-Miller
Dr Althea Legal-Miller joined the American Studies (AS) programme as a Lecturer in American History and Culture in January 2017.
Dr Legal-Miller received her BA in American Studies with Year Abroad (University of California, Berkeley), MA in Contemporary Cinema Cultures and PhD in American Studies all from King’s College London. She has taught American Visual Culture at King’s College London and was a Teaching Fellow in African American Studies at UCL - Institute of the Americas from 2013-2016. She has received a number of prestigious scholarships and awards, including a 2016 AHRC British Research Council Fellowship at the John W. Kluge Center in the Library of Congress (Washington, DC), and the Mae C. King Distinguished Paper Award on Women, Gender and Black Politics from the Association for the Study of Black Women in Politics (ASBWP).
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Dr Gavan Lennon
Gavan joined the American Studies team as a Lecturer in January 2016, having previously taught on a number of American history and literature modules on the Programme. Gavan received his B.A. in English and M.A. in American Literature at University College Dublin, before joining the American Studies Department at the University of Nottingham as a PhD candidate. His research focusses on literature, race and the US South, especially the literatures of racial segregation.
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Dr Steve Long
Dr Steve Long is a historian of modern US foreign policy. Steve completed his PhD at the University of Birmingham and has taught at Birmingham, Leicester and Nottingham before joining CCCU in 2012. He currently teaches courses on US foreign policy since 1898, US foreign policy in Latin America and the history of the CIA. His research focuses on the early Cold War, in particular the development and role of US intelligence agencies in the Truman and Eisenhower years.
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