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Dr David Cox 

Lecturer in Modern American History, Employability Officer

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I specialise in the history of the United States during the long nineteenth century. In particular, I am interested in ideas of race and the ways in which these ideas have shaped discourse on African-American culture.

Having earned my BA and MA at the University of Sheffield, I moved to the University of Cambridge where I completed my PhD. Before joining the department I lectured in American History at Swansea University and the University of Sheffield.

I am a co-convenor of the North American History Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research.


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I am currently working on a monograph looking at discourse on African-American culture from the Civil War to WWI. Beginning with the northern missionaries and teachers who travelled to South Carolina in 1862 to work with the freedpeople, I discuss representations of black 'folk' culture (including songs, stories, magical and religious beliefs) by black and white American intellectuals of all stripes, including ‘local-color’ authors, reformers, journalists, folklorists, and social scientists. Such discussion provided an arena within which intellectuals debated the place and future of African Americans within the US body politic. Using Congressional debates and periodical literature, I seek to understand the linkages between ethnography, literature, and politics.

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