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About the Programme

The Department of American Studies is a centre for world-leading research into the life and culture of the United States and beyond. American Studies at UEA has come fifth in the UK with 74 per cent of its research rated 4* (world leading) or 3* (internationally excellent) in The Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), a major Government analysis of university research quality. Within the Area Studies Unit of Assessment we were the highest rated for American Studies. As one of the longest-established and largest dedicated centres for American studies, the department at UEA is internationally recognised as founders of the field in the UK.

Research Expertise

Our research strategy is driven by a desire to enhance understandings of human cultures and communities, their historic and literary transformations, and by the questions of power and identity that issue from such investigations. We have research groups in American Histories, American Literatures, American Studies and Area Studies. Our expertise is wide with research strengths in the American nineteenth and twentieth centuries, histories of power and protest; space, place, and environment; popular and avant-garde writing; transatlantic and transpacific studies, and interdisciplinary work across cultures, texts and communities.

Staff research interests in American Studies include:

  • American history
  • American literature
  • Environment, space and place
  • Histories of power and protest
  • Popular and avant-garde cultures
  • Transatlantic and transpacific studies

Working closely with an academic supervisor gives you the support to carry out your own independent research and make your own mark. We have a wealth of remarkable academics, but how do you know which team will be right for you?

We suggest you look at the School's website, check out some academics and read up on some of their publications. We recommend that you identify at least one member of staff at UEA who might be your supervisor and that you contact them, to express your interest and discuss your research proposal. You will need to submit a research proposal of no more than 1500 words with your application. Find out more on the UEA American studies web pages.

The School of Art, Media and American Studies accepts research students to start on 1 October and 1 February. Deadline for applications are ordinarily in January for October starts.

Deadlines for application are listed on our information pages, where you will also find details of fees and funding .

We welcome applications from students with their own funding all year - please  enquire by emailing  

For further information please visit the UEA Humanities Graduate School


Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide.

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