University of Sussex
Qualification type: PhD
Location: Falmer
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,553
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Placed on: 15th March 2017
Closes: 1st June 2017
Qualification type: PhD

Location: Various

Funding for: UK Students, EU Students

Funding amount: Tuition fees, annual stipend and research expenses

Hours: Full Time or Part-Time

The University of Sussex and the British Library intend to make a PhD studentship appointment under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme (CDP) from autumn 2017.

This project will draw on the British Library’s extensive holdings of American political pamphlets to study and contextualise the writing, printing, distribution and dissemination of political pamphlets produced in the years preceding and during the Second World War. The Library’s collection of American pamphlets from the interwar period contains publications by different anti-fascist, anti-capitalist and pacifist societies. The researcher will also benefit from access to the extensive collection of US political pamphlets at the Marx Memorial Library, a partner of the project.

Through co-supervision the doctoral researcher will be guided towards the production of a multi-layered digital map of the pamphlets held in the collections, which would then be used to reanalyse the landscape of transatlantic radicalism during the period. In this way, the project will chart the origins, production, distribution and reception of the pamphlets. The resulting digital resource will document, and present in an accessible way, the British library’s collection of pamphlets in this area.

Studentships are awarded for 3 years (or part-time equivalent) initially. The AHRC stipend for 2017/18 is £14,553 (full-time, pro rata for part-time). The British Library will provide research-related expenses of up to £1,000 p.a. (against receipts, and in addition to the normal research expenses element of an AHRC studentship), including, but not limited to, travel to other libraries that hold relevant archival material and to project-related conferences.

Eligible candidates will have very strong academic records; they will normally have a relevant Masters’ degree or equivalent post-graduate qualification. Those with backgrounds in American Studies, English literature, History (and especially book history and print culture) will be especially well-prepared.

Potential candidates are welcome to contact Dr Sue Currell ( and Dr Mercedes Aguirre (The British Library – for further details.

Applications are to be made via potential candidates are welcome to approach Dr Currell ( and Dr Aguirre (

The deadline for submissions is 1 June. Interviews will be held on 26 June at the Sussex University.