Amanda Stafford

Amanda Stafford

Profile

I graduated with a BA in American Studies from Lancaster University back in 1998 and followed that with a Master’s in Visual Culture from the same institution in 2000. Following a couple of years in the real world, I went back to university to study post-compulsory education at the Institute of Education in London.

I returned to academia after many years away to study for an MSc in History from the University of Edinburgh which I completed in 2018. My MSc dissertation explored the role of Georgia’s radical newspapers in the articulation of a regional, radical identity during the ‘long 1960s’. My project revealed a local New Left movement of a greater complexity than the student activism that preoccupied the literature and my PhD work will build upon and extend that research.

I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Production at an FE college in South Wales and am doing my PhD on a part time basis alongside that. 

Research interests

  • Post-war US radical publishing and print culture
  • Social and political protest movements
  • Post-war US political history – especially the relationship between mainstream politics and the radical media
  • The South
  • 1960s and 1970s

Current Research Project 

My PhD project explores the role of the radical press in New Left activism in the US state of Georgia between 1968 and 1976. Taking an expanded view of the movement which goes beyond the campus activism that dominates the field, to include feminist, gay liberation, GI and community activism, the project will draw on a wide range of archival and oral history sources and place the radical press at the centre of the Nixon-era New Left. The project will examine how the radical press provided a forum for the development of radical ideas, incubated nascent organisations and forged links between local, national and transnational radical movements. In doing so, I hope that the project will help to reshape our understanding of the development and decline of the New Left in the South and re-orient the place of the radical press in the scholarship.

Conference Papers

‘Exploding Contradictions: Regional Identity and the New Left Radical Press in Georgia, 1968-1976’ – Scottish Association for the Study of America Annual Conference, University of Edinburgh, March 2nd 2019

‘Dissent in the Small Town South: The United Free Press and the New Left in Athens, GA 1970-1972’ – American Cultures of Dissent Graduate Conference, University of Leipzig, April 29th 2018

Qualifications

  • MSc History, University of Edinburgh
  • PGCE (Post-Compulsory), Institute of Education, University of London
  • MA Visual Culture, Lancaster University
  • BA American Studies, Lancaster University