About 49th Parallel  |  Editorial Policy  |  Editorial Board

About 49th Parallel

Founded in 1999, 49th Parallel is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary e-journal devoted to American and Canadian studies. It seeks to promote innovative and challenging academic work.

The journal takes its name from the 1,270 mile border separating USA and Canada, and in this sense is keen to encourage dialogues and debates which transcend the boundaries of customary theoretical approaches to the culture, history, and politics of the North American continent.

Some of the disciplines previously covered in 49th Parallel include history, literature, film, popular culture, politics, photography, the visual arts, and their relation within an international comparative framework. This multidisciplinary approach aims to promote a broad spectrum of academic debate, and to utilise the multimedia capabilities offered to an e-based journal. In this sense 49th Parallel means to encourage traditional academic essays alongside the use of video and photo academic texts.

Editorial Policy

The Editors would like to hear from anyone willing to contribute articles and reviews to the journal. We are especially keen to encourage postgraduates to publish their work and contribute reviews and ideas.

All articles, provided they fall within the broad remit of the journal and meet academic standards, will be put into our review process. Articles will be evaluated anonymously by a relevant academic specialist. If approved for publication, authors may be required to revise their original submission.

The editors reserve the right to decide the content of each edition and may request modification and/or alteration to work submitted for publication.

We welcome those interested in joining our review teams and would like to hear from potential book, film, TV and web reviewers. We also welcome proposals for conference reports.

Further information regarding the submission of articles can be found on the submissions page. Please contact the Editors for any further questions or enquires.

Editorial Board

General Editors

Bart Verhoeven (University of Nottingham)
Galateia Demetriou (University of Birmingham)


Alex Bryne (University of Nottingham)
Chiara Morbi (University of Birmingham)
Lorenzo Costaguta (University of Nottingham)
Michelle Green (University of Nottingham)
S. Lou Stratton (University of Birmingham)
Tom Bishop (University of Nottingham)
Tom Cobb (University of Birmingham)

Website Editor

Drew Masci (University of Birmingham)
John Horne (University of Birmingham)

Associate Editors

Dr Michele Aaron (University of Birmingham)
Professor William Boelhower (Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy)
Professor Richard Crockatt (University of East Anglia)
Mario Del Pero (Università di Bologna, Sede a Forlì, Italy)
Professor Dick Ellis (University of Birmingham)
Dr Ali Fisher (Mappa Mundi Consultants)
Dr Danielle Fuller (University of Birmingham)
Dr Chris Gair (University of Glasgow)
Professor Michael Heale (University of Lancaster)
Professor Sheila Hones (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Professor Matthew Jones (University of Nottingham)
Professor Liam Kennedy (University College, Dublin, Ireland)
Dr Anouk Lang (University of Birmingham)
Professor Scott Lucas (University of Birmingham)
David Ryan (University College, Cork, Ireland)
Dr Maria Ryan (University of Nottingham)
Dr Giles Scott-Smith (Roosevelt Academy, Middelburg, The Netherlands)
Dr Bevan Sewell (University of Nottingham)
Professor Antonio Varsori (Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy)
Dr Paul Woolf (University of Birmingham)

Previous Editors

Ben Offiler (University of Nottingham)
Dr Hannah Durkin (University of Nottingham)
John Horne (University of Birmingham)
Ceren Sengezer (University of Birmingham)
Dr Chris Emery (London School of Economics)
Dr Euan Gallivan
Dr Kaeten Mistry (University of East Anglia)
Dr Eva Rus (Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy)
Dr Mark Straw (University of Birmingham)
Dr James Boys (Richmond, The American International University, London)
Dr Andrew Johnstone (University of Leicester)
Rebecca Isaacs (University of Birmingham)
Katie Barnett (University of Birmingham)

Alex Bryne is a PhD candidate at the University of Nottingham and his research focuses on the meaning of the Monroe Doctrine within early twentieth century America. His wider research interests include late nineteenth and early twentieth century international relations and diplomatic history. Before commencing his studies at Nottingham, Alex spent four years at the University of Leicester, gaining a BA in International Relations and History and an MA in History.

Chiara Morbi is a PhD candidate at the University of Birmingham. She holds a BA in Languages and Literature,and a MA in Panamerican Literature at the University of Bergamo, Italy, with a thesis focusing on the Cultural Cold War in Mexico (1940-1968), with a particular attention to philanthropic foundations and anti-Americanism. Currently, her research focuses on the US cultural propaganda during the Cold War in Italy. Her research interests include CIA’s covert actions, philanthropic projects and the relationship between Italian Intelligentsia and US intelligence after the Second World War. Since 2012, she is a teaching assistant of Latin American History at the University of Bergamo, Italy.

Bart Verhoeven is currently pursuing a PhD degree in American and Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham. His project deals with the development of post-war U.S. conservatism and more specifically the role of the anti-communist John Birch Society in the rise of the modern American Right, from 1958 to 1972. Bart holds a BA and two MA’s from Antwerp University in Belgium and has specialized in English and Italian languages as well as U.S. Studies and political historiography. He has also been employed as a language teacher and is currently active as a private Dutch tutor alongside the journal and his doctoral studies.

Galateia Demetriou is a doctoral student at the University of Birmingham. Her thesis, jointly supervised by the Department of English and the Centre for Modern Greek Studies, looks at Ezra Pound's reception in Greece with a particular focus on George Seferis and contemporary poets. She holds a BA in English from the University of Athens and completed an MA in 20th century English literature at the University of Sussex, where her thesis explored Modernist poets' conceptions of time. Her research interests lie in 20th century and contemporary poetry and fiction, literary theory and film. Galateia's poetry and translations have appeared in poetry magazines in Greece.

Lorenzo Costaguta is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham and is currently pursuing a research project on the concepts of race and ethnicity in the late nineteenth century socialism in the United States. He holds a BA and a MA in History from the University of Torino and a MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics. His research areas span from the history of labor and socialism in the United States to the political theories of liberal egalitarianism and multiculturalism in the late twentieth century.

Michelle Green is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham. She is researching the family narrative genre and the relationship between the family and fatness in North American fiction between 1975 and 2013. Prior to Nottingham, Michelle attended the University of Leeds and researched the representation of invisible women in history and literature. Michelle continues to contribute to women’s writing research and postgraduate professional development as a member of the Postgraduate Contemporary Women’s Writing Network (PG CWWN) steering group. Michelle’s wider research interests include medical moral panics, gender and genre theory, and contemporary Anglo-American writing.

S. Lou Stratton holds an MA in English Literature at The University of Birmingham, where she has continued studying for a PhD in English. Previously she obtained a BA in English with a minor in Education from the University of California, Davis. Her MA dissertation examines the mother-daughter relationship in selected works by Virginia Woolf, using the psychoanalytic theories of Sigmund Freud and Melanie Klein. Her current research is focused on Pre-Stonewall lesbian pulp fiction. She is primarily interested in the depiction of lesbian communities in pulps written by female authors. Using Feminism and Queer Theory, she is investigating the role of lesbian pulps and magazines in lesbian community formation in the United States leading up to and during the Civil Rights Movement.

Tom Bishop is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham. He is researching the relationship between shelter culture and masculinity during the Cold War in the United States. He currently holds a BA and MA in History and American History respectively from the University of Sheffield. His research interests include masculinity in post war America, atomic culture, anti-war protest movements and the history of nuclear proliferation.

Tom Cobb is currently completing his Masters of Research at the University of Birmingham and is about to embark on his doctoral research there. His doctoral research will look at the ideological impact of the Iraq War on recent American Cinema and how the cinematic responses compared to previous eras of war portrayed by American film-makers such as the prevalence of "Vietnam Syndrome" in the late 1970s. Tom completed a BA in Film and the Visual Arts at the University of Leicester in 2012 and is currently researching mainstream Hollywood's attempt to represent the impact of 9/11 in the duration of the George W. Bush administration. His research interests include the prevalence of Reaganism in contemporary American Cinematic discourse as well as in US politics, the cultural and political currency of United States power on screen and the emergence of Vietnam War revisionism in 1980s popular culture.