Recent HOTCUS Member Activities

Jonathan Bell (University of Reading & Chair of HOTCUS) has been appointed Professor and Director of the Institute of the Americas at UCL, effective 1 September 2014.

Cara Rodway (Eccles Centre, British Library) recently published ‘Black Bodies, White Sheets: Civil Rights and the American Roadside’, Contribution to 'Citizenship and the Built Environment' roundtable, Journal of American Studies, 48:01 (2014), E1 (pp.3-8). She has also been appointed Editor (Web Presence) at the European Journal of American Studies.

Alex Goodall (Lecturer in Modern History, University of York) has recently published Loyalty and Liberty: American Countersubversion from World War One to the McCarthy Era (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2013).  An examination of the development of countersubversive politics in the United States in the decades before Senator McCarthy rose to national pre-eminence, the book explores the interlinked histories of antiradicalism, antifascism and anticommunism in the interwar era. Professor Nelson Lichtenstein (MacArthur Foundation Professor in History, UC Santa Barbara) notes that the work's "sophistication and scope put it head and shoulders above many local and regional studies of anticommunism", while Professor Michael Kimmage (Catholic University) states that the book "will have a notable and stimulating impact on the field of twentieth-century U.S. history."

Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones (Professor Emeritus, University of Edinburgh) has published the following: with Andrew Lownie, eds., North American Spies: New Revisionist Essays (London: Thistle Publishing, 2013), available in Kindle and paperback editions; also Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, The American Left: Its Impact on Politics and Society since 1900 (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013), Distributed by OUP in the USA.  He has also recently published “A Critique of the Surveillance Flap” online at e-International Relations.

John Morello (Senior Professor of History, DeVry University) has been appointed to the Fulbright Foundation’s Specialist Program. John explains that “unlike the traditional Fulbright grants which send individuals out for months at a time, Specialists are dispatched for a period of 2-6 weeks to serve as consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning and related subjects. Those 'related subjects' offers host institutions lots of latitude to mount interdisciplinary studies of many topics which could be of interest to students as well as enhance academic contacts with colleagues in the United States. And, a lion share of the cost is borne by the Fulbright Foundation.” If any colleagues are interested in learning more about the programme or hosting John, please contact John on +1 630-652-8273 or

Craig Fox (Independent) has published “‘Give this copy of the Kourier magazine to your friend. You will help him. You will also help society’: 1920s KKK Print, Propaganda and Publicity.” Chapter 6  [pp. 105-123] in Rachel Schreiber (ed.), Activism in Modern United States Print Culture (Ashgate, April 2013).

Kendrick Oliver (Southampton) has published To Touch the Face of God: The Sacred, the Profane, and the American Space Program, 1957-1975 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013).

Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones (emeritus Edinburgh) will be talking about his book In Spies We Trust: The Story of Western Intelligence (OUP, June 2013) at the Oxford Literary Festival (March 21), Words on Monday, King’s Place London (May 20), Glyndwr University (May 23), Gregynog (May 24), the Hay Book Festival (May 31) and the Edinburgh International Book Festival (August 10-26).

Daniel Scroop (Glasgow) has taken up a new post as Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Citizenship in the School of Humanities at the University of Glasgow. In this role he will continue to teach and publish research on US history but will also take a lead in promoting public engagement initiatives connected to the theme of citizenship. On 2 March 2013 he was interviewed by BBC Radio Scotland about Franklin D. Roosevelt. He had an op ed. in The Scotsman (4 March 2013) discussing the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the New Deal. On 4 March he also chaired ‘Lessons of the New Deal’, an event hosted by the Andrew Hook Centre for American Studies at the University of Glasgow, featuring Gary Gerstle (Vanderbilt and Oxford) and Tony Badger (Cambridge).

Alison Holmes (Humboldt) was appointed Program Leader of International Studies at Humboldt State University Arcata CA in 2012. Recent publications include: The Embassy in Grosvenor Square: American Ambassadors to the United Kingdom 1938-2008 edited with J Simon Rofe (Palgrave Macmillan 2012) and a chapter, 'Transatlantic Diplomacy and Global States' in Anglo-American Relations: Contemporary Perspectives, Alan Dobson and Steve Marsh (eds) (Routledge 2012). Papers were presented to International Studies Association - Western Conference in 2011, 2012, the Transatlantic Studies Association in 2011 and the ISA Annual Convention in 2011 and 2013. Two book reviews forthcoming in International Historical Review and the Transatlantic Studies Association Journal.

Iwan Morgan (UCL) appeared on CNBC on 5 September 2012 to discuss President Obama’s presidency and the forthcoming election.

Iwan Morgan (UCL) and Philip Davies (Eccles Centre) have edited two new collections: From Sit-Ins to SNCC: The Student Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2012) and Broken Government? American Politics in the Obama Era (London: Institute for the Study of the Americas, 2012).

Axel R. Schäfer (Keele) has published Piety and Public Funding: Evangelicals and the State in Modern America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012).

Iwan Morgan (ISA), Daniel Scroop (Sheffield), Eleanor Capper (Sheffield) and Jonathan Bell (Reading), presented the HOTCUS panel at the BAAS Annual Conference on 13 April 2012.  The topic was “Liberalism in Transition: The Challenges of a Post-Keynesian Political Economy”.

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