Welcome to the American Studies Research Group at the University of Bristol. We are an interdisciplinary academic research group based in the Faculty of Arts, including PhDs and academic staff members from History, English, Creative Writing, History of Art, Music, and Liberal Arts, as well as researchers from other allied programmes, including Geography, SPAIS, and Education. We have a broad and inclusive programme of events and activities, designed to strengthen the research culture in the Faculty of Arts.

Recent Member Research News

We are pleased to recognize the following recent research outputs from our members:

  • Nicole Gipson attended the UC Davis Department of African American and African Studies Winter Symposium: “Reimagining Repair” January 11 – 12. She also organized several online events in collaboration with the Lighthouse Bookshop in Edinburgh, and the following face-to-face event for the Edinburgh Radical Book Fair – Introduction and interview with Edinburgh Radical Book Fair Keynote: Gary Younge for his presentation: “From Nelson Mandela to Black Lives Matter.” – December 9.
  • Paula K. Read, presented at the recent U of Bristol Arts PGR Summer Conference 2023.
  • Erin Forbes, attended two workshops in Germany as a member of the DFG-funded “Voices & Agencies” network, one at the University of Siegen in February and one at Leibniz University in July 2023. She gave a talk on Early African American Environmentalism in February and chaired a presentation on Olaudah Equiano and the medical humanities in July 2023.
  • Tariq Modood, “Can multiculturalism contribute to de-polarising the current political polarisation?,” Migration Working Group – Scholars of Excellence Edition: Multiculturalism at a crossroads, May 2023.
  • Karen Skinazi attended The Winnifred Eaton Conference in July 2023 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Winnifred Eaton, who used the pen name “Onoto Watanna,” was the first Chinese American novelist, and Karen has long been involved in the recovery of her writing, publishing a critical edition of Eaton’s 1916 Marion: The Story of an Artist’s Model (Queen’s UP, 2012) and a digital archive of Eaton’s Alberta writing. At the conference, Karen gave a talk called “Suicide Girls of the Progressive Era” and chaired a session on teaching Eaton’s works.
  • Lorenzo Costaguta, International Placement Scheme at the John W. Kluge Center at Library of Congress, Project: A Socialist Empire of Freedom: Race and Class in the Second International.

Get In Touch

Through regular events and training activities, we are pleased to support colleagues and students achieve their research aims. Please get in touch if you would like to learn more about our programme.

Please check out our American Studies Group Speaker series and our American Studies PGR Reading Group sessions. We are also affiliated with the American History Graduate Workshop.


The American Studies Research Group acknowledges the support of the following organizations:

British Association for American Studies Faculty of Arts

The Group would like to thank Bristol PGR student, Jenny Hutton, for her assistance in building this website.