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Sussex history professor receives Leverhulme Fellowship to study historic US mob violence

Professor Clive Webb

Professor of Modern American History, Clive Webb, has received a Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust to study acts of mob violence against foreign nationals in the United States in C19th and C20th.

The three year Fellowship will allow Professor Webb to study the reception of foreign nationals in the United States. The project will place the current rhetoric and policy of the Trump administration in historical context by assessing why, where and in what numbers immigrants from around the world have died at the hands of mobs.

Professor Webb says: “I’m delighted to receive the Fellowship, and I’d like to take this opportunity to pass my sincere thanks to former Research Development Officer, Paul Davidson, for continuing to believe in me.

“My project looks to the past but it has a striking relevance to the events of today. The US is a land of immigrants. Throughout its history, it’s been a magnet drawing from around the world the impoverished, the persecuted and the powerless. Whether they’re passing through or permanently settling, these people often receive a hostile reception and it’s arguably getting worse.

“In assessing the reaction of foreign governments to the lynching of their citizens on American soil, I’ll also chart the development of international human rights by showing how diplomatic protest shaped the notion of rights that transcend the jurisdiction of nations. These rights emerged as much in reaction to the United States as it emanated from progressive forces within that country.”

Since 1925, the Leverhulme Trust has provided grants and scholarships for research and education and is currently one of the largest all-subject providers of research funding in the UK, distributing approximately £80m a year.

By: Sean Armstrong
Last updated: Thursday, 13 December 2018