Brian Ward


Research interests

Brian Ward is Professor in American Studies at Northumbria University and a former chair of the British Association for American Studies. Previously he held chairs in American Studies at the University of Manchester and American History at the University of Florida, and taught at the Universities of Newcastle upon Tyne and Durham.

A specialist in the history and culture of the US South, the African American experience, US popular music and radio, the 1960s, and Anglo-American cultural relations, his ten books include Just My Soul Responding: Rhythm and Blues, Black Consciousness and Race Relations (1998), which won an American Book Award for Literary Excellence and the Organization of American Historian's James A. Rawley prize for the best book on the history of US race relations, Martin Luther King in Newcastle upon Tyne: The African American Freedom Struggle and Race Relations in the North East of England (2017), and A&R Pioneers: Architects of American Roots Music on Record (2018, with Patrick Huber) which won the Belmont University Award for Best Book on Country Music. Brian’s next book-length project, She Loves Y’all: The Beatles and the US South, is due to appear in 2024.



Research Student Supervision Interests

History and culture of the US South; US popular music; Anglo-American cultural relations; 20th Century African American freedom struggle

Organisational affiliations

Education/Academic qualification

  • PhD, History

    30 Jun 1995 - 31 Dec 2099
  • BA, American Studies

    30 Jun 1984 - 31 Dec 2099