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History - Research informed

An essential part of the History and American Studies programmes is the way in which modules reflect staff expertise and research, ensuring that students have access to the best quality and most current content and teaching. Dr Wayne Johnson’s teaching is informed by his on-going interest in race and ethnicity in the United States. His recent exchange visit to Pacific University in Portland, Oregon, in the United States meant that he was able to take part in a number of collaborative sessions with colleagues there, including Professor Jules Boykoff, who is a leading expert on protest, dissent and social change, as well as a tour of Portland, Oregon, with the founder of the Black Panther Party (Portland Chapter), Kent Ford.

Dr Ian Horwood’s publications on the Vietnam War inform his Level 3 module on 1960s America and a new module Conflict on the East Asian Mainland. Dr Sarah Bercusson is an expert on court culture in the Italian Renaissance and she offers a new module on that very topic in Level 3. Sarah was invited to attend a workshop in Vienna in December 2010, bringing together researchers from the Universities of Innsbruck, Vienna, Cambridge and York St John, to share ideas and prepare a panel focussing on women in the early modern court for the European Social Science History Conference, which will be took place in Glasgow in 2012. Dr David Powell’s many publications on Edwardian Britain and British National Identity are also reflected in his modules on British history and the Victorian and Edwardian periods.

This close connection between research and teaching is a crucial aspect of what we do as a team. The teaching input is further supplemented by bringing in a wide range of visiting academic practitioners and heritage specialists who introduce additional perspectives and opportunities for students to engage with. These include:

Penelope Woods, from Queen Mary College, University of London

Blaithin Hurley, from the University of Cambridge

Clare Fletcher, the Learning and Community Officer at Beningbrough Hall (National Trust)

Aisha Ali-Sutcliffe, the Precious Cargo Project Officer for the York Museums Trust.