Prior to moving to Italy to begin my PHD at IMT Lucca, I
graduated in 2010 from Liverpool John Moores University with a
joint honors Bachelor's degree in American Studies and Cultural
Studies. Two years later I received my Master's degree, also in
American Studies, from the University of Manchester. My Master's
dissertation, which was supervised by
Professor Natalie Zacek, was an analysis of the contemporary
American incarceration system, with a particular focus on the
spread of 'supermax' prisons.
I am currently in the process of planning my research abroad
period, during which I will be based in Atlanta, Georgia, and for
which I intend to collaborate with faculty members from the
University of West Georgia
and Emory University.
I have had an interest in numerous different dimensions of
contemporary American history, politics and culture since the
beginning of my Bachelor's degree in 2007. My Bachelor's
dissertation focused on how political discourses related to
American involvement in the Gulf states in the post-Cold War Era,
whilst my Master's dissertation examined the emergence of
'supermax' prisons within the contemporary incarceration
My current project deals with the political mobilization of
evangelical Christian groups in the 1970s American South. It will
explore the previously-understudied connections between federal
Cold War military spending, free market capitalism, demographic
change and the rise of the new Christian Right. The supervisor of
my project is Professor Daniel K.
Williams, of the University of West Georgia.