Dr Josephine Metcalf

Lecturer in American History and Culture

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

School of Histories, Languages and Cultures

j.metcalf@hull.ac.uk

+44 (0) 1482 465287

Josephine Metcalf is an American Studies lecturer who is interested in contemporary representations of prison and gangs in American pop-culture.

Her first monograph, entitled The Culture and Politics of Contemporary Street Gang Memoirs, was released in 2012 and she has co-edited two collections of essays, one on Ice-T (with Will Turner, Ashgate, 2014) and the other on African American culture and society after Rodney King (with Carina Spaulding, Ashgate, 2015).

She is currently working with a group of former prisoners on a British Academy-funded research project, entitled Prison, Pop-Culture, and Transatlantic Perspectives: How Former UK Prisoners Interpret American (Penal) Culture.

 

Research

Research Interests

  • Contemporary African American and Mexican American popular culture and literature
  • Street gang / prison culture
  • Reader / audience reception studies

Publications

'Narrating Prison Violence and Masculinity in the Shaun Attwood Trilogy', in Bielby and Murer (eds.), Perpetrating Selves; Doing Violence, Performing Identity (Palgrave, forthcoming 2018).

'Still Running; An Interview with Luis J. Rodriguez', MELUS, 40:2 (Summer 2015)

Josephine Metcalf and Carina Spaulding (eds.), African American Culture and Society After Rodney King: Provocations and Protests, Progression and 'Post-Racialism (Ashgate, 2015)

'White Lies and Black Consequences: the memoir of Margaret B Jones', in Claire Garcia and Vershawn Ashanti Young (eds.), From Uncle Tom's Cabin to The Help: Critical Perspectives on White-Authored Narratives of Black Life (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

Josephine Metcalf & Will Turner (eds.), Rapper, Writer, Pop-Cultural Player: Ice-T and the Politics of Black Cultural Production (Ashgate, June 2014).

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Teaching

Programmes taught on

Modules list

  • America in Theory
  • American Film and Society
  • American History: Birth of a Nation
  • American History: The American Century?
  • Doing Time; American Prison Culture in the 20th and 21st Centuries
  • Mi Raza Primero! Mexican American History
  • The African American Experience in Post Civil Rights America
  • From Reagan and Roseanne to Obama & Osama; A Cultural Study of the US Since 1980

Research PhDs

Dr Metcalf welcomes applications in

  • Contemporary African American and Mexican American popular culture and literature
  • Street gang / prison culture
  • Reader / audience reception studies

Completed PhDs

  • Representation of the girl gang and gang girl in films since 1980s (2013-2016).

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hull)
  • MA (Leeds)
  • PhD (Manchester)

External roles

  • Member of British Association for American Studies (BAAS)

Awards and accolades

  • British Academy Small Grant (2013)
  • Ferens Education Trust Awards (2015 and 2016)
  • BAAS Malcolm Bradbury Travel Award and EAAS Travel Grant (2006 and 2007)