Staff profile

staff list   Back Dr. Nick Witham

  • Job title: Senior Lecturer
  • Dept: History and American Studies
  • Tel: 01227 767700 ext 3169
  • Campus: Canterbury

Profile summary

Nick can be contacted at

Nick’s CV can be accessed here.

Nick is a cultural and intellectual historian of the twentieth-century United States. He completed his PhD in American Studies at the University of Nottingham in 2012, and joined CCCU in the same year. During 2013-14 he is a British Association for American Studies Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of the Americas, University College London, and in July and August 2014 he will undertake research at New York University and Columbia University funded by a Fulbright Commission American Studies Grant.

Nick's first book, The Cultural Left and the Reagan Era: U.S. Protest and Central American Revolution, is under contract with I. B. Tauris, and will appear in 2015 as a part of the Library of Modern America series. The book examines the responses of a range of intellectual and cultural figures to the social and political crises that took place in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala between 1979 and 1992. Research on the project was supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, and the British Association for American Studies. 

Nick is currently working on a research project that examines popular histories written by American historians as a means of engaging with an audience beyond the academy, focussing on the work of Richard Hofstadter, John Hope Franklin, Daniel Boorstin and Howard Zinn.

Nick also sits on the steering committee of HOTCUS (Historians of the Twentieth Century United States), and the executive committee of BAAS (British Association for American Studies).

Alongside his academic activities, Nick is a follower of Arsenal Football Club, runs the occasional marathon, and is an ineffective golfer.

Teaching and subject expertise

  • Reading, Writing and Researching American Studies (Year 1)
  • A Story of American Freedom? The History of the United States from Pre-Contact to the Present (Year 1)
  • The Global Sixties (Year 1)
  • Popular Culture in American History (Year 2)
  • American Culture Wars (Year 3)

Nick would be happy to supervise MA and MPhil/PhD projects in twentieth-century U.S. social, cultural and intellectual history, the history of popular protest and radicalism, historical and political filmmaking, and historiography and memory studies. 

Nick's office is Hs28 in the Hepworth Building, and his drop-in office hours are 1:00pm-2:00pm on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Publications and research outputs