Staff Profile


Dr Ben Lafferty

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Humanities

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 921821

Profile summary

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Ben is a cultural historian of early America. He read Modern History at St Anne's College, Oxford, before completing an MA and a PhD at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, with a thesis (dreadfully) entitled 'The development of the news system and the emergence of partisan journalism, in New Hampshire 1790-1800'.  He has previously participated in Fulbright programs at New York University, and is scheduled to take up a Fulbright scholarship visiting the American Antiquarian Society in 2015.

Ben’s research looks at the growth of the newspaper industry in late 18th century America, and looks in to how people produced, distributed and consumed journalism.  His recent published work has looked at editor and misanthrope Joseph Dennie, and his current project explores the newspaper boom (and bust) of Federalist-era New England.

Ben is a member of the British Association of Nineteenth Century Historians, the American Historical Society and the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.  He spends most of his spare time curating an ever-expanding collection of Spotify playlists.

Teaching and subject expertise

Ben teaches on the following courses:

  • A Story of American Freedom? (Year 1)
  • Divided By a Common Language (Year 1)
  • Atlantic Americas: Commerce, Domination and Resistance in the Atlantic World, 1500-1800 (Year 2)
  • Medium and Message: American News and Media (Year 3)

Ben is also happy to supervise extended essays on early American cultural, political or social history.

Publications and research outputs

  • 2014, Joseph Dennie and The Farmer's Weekly Museum: Readership and Pseudonymous Celebrity in Early National Journalism, American Nineteenth Century History, Vol.15, Issue 1


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