Subject Director: History and American Studies
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Dr. Wayne Johnson is currently Subject Director for History and American Studies at York St. John University. He has a BA in History and American Studies and a Masters degree in American Studies. He received his PhD in History from the University of Keele in 1990. He has previously taught at Manchester Metropolitan University and at the University of Wales, Lampeter. At York St. John, his research and teaching interests have been in the areas of American social and cultural history, although he has taught a wide range of modules over the years, but presently focuses on the topics close to his head and heart, such as the American Civil War, the myths of America, slavery in the United States and Hollywood cinema’s portrayal of urban America, race and ethnicity. He has also taught on the subject of American popular culture in Japan and Poland, by contributing to York St John’s very successful distance learning MA in International Studies.
Wayne has published articles on the social history of religious belief and nonconformity in Britain and America in the nineteenth century, and more recently on proslavery ideology in the United States in the antebellum era. He is currently working on an article on proslavery ideology in early nineteenth-century American academia, as well as examining the myths of America and how they relate to popular culture (he is working on projects looking at the neo-Western, and freedom and social movement, for example).