Dr Kristen Brill

Title: Deputy Director of American Studies
Phone: 01782 733201
Email: k.c.brill@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBB0.049
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I joined Keele in September 2016. Prior to joining Keele, I taught at the University of York and was a research fellow at the University of Virginia. I received my degrees from Cambridge (PhD), London School of Economics (MSc) and New York University (BA).

I specialize in the social and cultural history of the nineteenth-century American South. In particular, I am interested in the interplay between gender, race and nationalism in the American Civil War. My current research examines the erosion of women’s commitment to Confederate nationalism on the southern home front.

My future research will focus on the transatlantic relationship between Britain and the Confederacy outside of formal diplomatic channels. I am starting two new projects: an examination of the legacy of Florence Nightingale in the Confederacy and an exploration into the significance of British pro-Confederate aid societies to the Confederate war effort.

 With Rachel Williams, Women in the American Civil War: Lived Experiences in the Nineteenth Century (Routledge, forthcoming)

The Diary of a Civil War Bride: Lucy Wood Butler of Virginia (Library of Southern Civilization Series, Louisiana State University Press, 2017)

 ‘ “I had the men from the start”: General Benjamin Butler’s Occupation of New Orleans’, Women’s History Review 26.3 (2017): 319-328

 ‘Winfield Scott in Central Mexico’, in eds Christos Frentzos and Antonio Thompson, The Routledge Handbook of American Military and Diplomatic History: The Colonial Period to 1877 (New York: Routledge, 2015), pp. 275-85


AMS 30042 Violence and Power in Civil War America

AMS 20073 New World in Chains: Slavery and the Bonds of Race in America

AMS 20074 Discovering America: From Empires to Revolutions

AMS 10026 The American Past: Explorations in US History

HIS 10030 Historical Research and Writing