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).

My research has been supported by the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, Virginia Historical Society, German Historical Institute (Washington, DC), Center for Southern Jewish Culture at the College of Charleston and the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech, among others.

 I am currently Deputy Director of American Studies.

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, including an exploration into the significance of British pro-Confederate aid societies to the Confederate war effort.

 I am happy to supervise postgraduate research on most aspects of the history of antebellum and Civil War America.


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

‘Britain in the American Civil War: Gender, Humanitarianism and Confederate Recognition (1861-65)’, Laura Sandy and Marie Molloy (eds), Negotiating the Peripheries: The Civil War and Slavery Reconsidered (London: Routledge, 2019)

 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-30043 Violence and Power in Antebellum America

AMS 30042 Violence and Power in Civil War America

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

AMS-20079 Rebels, Bandits and Outcasts in Colonial America

AMS 10026 The American Past: Explorations in US History