Research Degrees

American Studies at Keele is not only a long-established centre of excellence and innovation, but also enjoys a reputation as a supportive and stimulating environment for pursuing high quality research projects.

The Department has an excellent record in supervising research students to successful completion of  PhD degrees and offers supervision of a broad range of research projects including American literature, history, politics, intellectual and cultural history, visual and cultural studies. It is home to the David Bruce Centre for American Studies, which has an intellectually stimulating programme of seminars and colloquia.

The Department offers research supervision in the following areas:

US History and Politics

  • History of the Civil War Era
  • History of the American South
  • Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Intellectual History
  • Cold War Society
  • American Government – US Presidency, Congressional Politics
  • Public Policy – Social, Education
  • State and Local Politics

American Literature and Culture

  • Fiction – 19th, 20th Century and Contemporary
  • Relations Between Literature and Science
  • African American Literature
  • Film Noir
  • Cultural Theory and Cultural Memory
  • Anglo-American Modernism
  • Beat Generation

Our recent PhD students have been successful in securing employment at top universities across the UK:

Katie McGettigan, Royal Holloway University of London

Marie Molloy, Manchester Metropolitan University

Harriet Earle, Sheffield Hallam University


For more detailed information on application procedures, research training and funding please click on the following links: