Dr Jo Metcalf

Dr Jo Metcalf

Senior Lecturer in American History and Culture

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • Department of English and American Studies

Summary

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.

Recent outputs

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Book

African American Culture and Society After Rodney King: Provocations and Protests, Progression and 'Post-Racialism

(2015). African American Culture and Society After Rodney King: Provocations and Protests, Progression and 'Post-Racialism

Book Chapter

“Narrating Prison Violence and Masculinity in the Shaun Attwood Trilogy”

Metcalf, J. (2018). “Narrating Prison Violence and Masculinity in the Shaun Attwood Trilogy”. In Perpetrating Selves: Doing Violence, Performing IdentityPalgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-96785-1

Journal Article

“Still Running; an Interview with Luis J. Rodriguez”

Metcalf, J. (2015). “Still Running; an Interview with Luis J. Rodriguez”. MELUS : Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, 40(2), 158-181. https://doi.org/10.1093/melus/mlv008

Other

“Why Rap Should Share a Stage with Poetry and Jazz”

Metcalf, J. (2015). “Why Rap Should Share a Stage with Poetry and Jazz”

“What Prisoners Think of Prison Movies”

Metcalf, J. (2015). “What Prisoners Think of Prison Movies”

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

Prison Culture & Creative Writing

Funder

ACE Arts Council of England

Grant

£12,255.00

Started

1 September 2018

Status

Ongoing

Project

Seed Funding: UK-US Collaborative Workshop On Violence

Funder

British Academy

Grant

£1,400.00

Started

1 April 2018

Status

Complete

Project

Prison, Pop-Culture, and Transatlantic Perspectives: How UK (ex) Prisoners Interpret American (Penal) Culture

Funder

HCC Hull City Council

Grant

£1,350.00

Started

1 September 2018

Status

Complete

Postgraduate supervision

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).