Dr David Eldridge

Senior Lecturer in American Studies

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


01482 465830

A cultural historian and key member of the American Studies team at Hull since 2000, Dr David Eldridge specialises in American history and Hollywood cinema.

He has published major volumes on the cultural history of the 1930s and Hollywood's construction of history, along with papers on subjects as diverse as the New Deal's Federal Theatre Project, the musicals of Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, and the film adaptations of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town and Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho.

Dr Eldridge is currently researching the impact that censorship has on Hollywood's representations of the past, and uncovering the 'alternative history' of Hollywood movies that were never produced.


Research Interests

  • Historical cinema and representations of the past in American popular culture

  • The cultural history of the USA in the 20th century

  • Film censorship in the USA

Research groups

  • Co-lead of the Heritage and Memory Research Group at the University of Hull


Eldridge D, Hollywood's History Films, I B Tauris (2006)

Eldridge D, American Culture in the 1930s, Edinburgh University Press (2008)

Eldridge D, 'Some Like It Hot (1959) and the Virtues of Not Taking History Too Seriously', Hollywood and the American Historical Film, Jennifer Smyth (ed), Palgrave (2012)

Eldridge D, ‘“We’re Only Kids Now, but Someday...”: Hollywood Musicals and the Great Depression ‘Youth Crisis’', Hollywood and the Great Depression, Iwan Morgan and Philip John Davies (eds), pp 216-238, Edinburgh University Press (2016)

Eldridge D, 'Bennett, Breen and The Birdman of Alcatraz: A Case Study of Collaborative Censorship between the Production Code Administration and the Federal Bureau of Prisons', Film History, 28.2, pp 1-31 (2016)

Full list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • American History by Hollywood

  • Musical-Made America

  • Contemporary America in Context

  • American Film and Society

  • America: In Theory

  • American History: Birth of a Nation

  • American History: The American Century?

  • Introduction to the American Year Abroad

  • Research Project in the Humanities

Research PhDs

Dr Eldridge welcomes applications from students exploring aspects of

  • historical films and the engagement of American popular culture with historiography

  • 20th century American cultural history (especially from the 1930s to the 1950s)

  • the history of censorship in the USA

Teaching awards and accolades

  • HEA Senior Fellowship

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

MA in History (St Andrews)

MA in American History and International Relations (St Andrews)

PhD in History (Cambridge)