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Ms Sophie Joscelyne

Post:School Tutor (History)
Other posts:Research student (American Studies)
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My PhD thesis investigates the engagement of U.S. intellectuals with the concept of totalitarianism from the 1960s to the early 2000s. I am interested in how this concept has shaped the way intellectuals perceive the U.S. and its role in the world. 

Research interests: 

20th Century US History

Intellectual History


Cold War History

The War on Terror

Public Intellectuals 

The American Left 


Doctoral researcher


Current      DPhil American History (University of Sussex)

2014-15     MA American History  (University of Nottingham)

2011-14     BA American Studies (University of Nottingham)


Book reviews

Sophie Joscelyne, review of Out of Oakland, Black Panther Party Internationalism during the Cold War by Sean L. Malloy, U.S. Studies Online 

Conferences and Presentations

'The "Totalitarian Disease", American Intellectuals and the Concept of Totalitarianism in the 1960s and 1970s' 2018 Society for U.S. Intellectual History Conference, Chicago
8-11 November 2018

'"Freedom for Others Means Safety for Ourselves": The Concept of Totalitarianism After the End of the Cold War', HOTCUS PG & ECR Conference, University of Nottingham
20 October 2018

Participant in the 7th London Summer School in Intellectual History, Queen Mary, University of London
4-7 September 2018

Participant in the Heidelberg Center for American Studies Spring Academy on American History, Culture & Politics, 19-23 March 2018

'Norman Mailer, Inverted Totalitarianism and Political Protest in the 1960s', HOTCUS Winter Symposium, University of Nottingham, 17 February 2018

English Graduate Seminar, Work in Progress presentation of archival findings, University of Texas at Austin, Nov 2017

‘Inverted Totalitarianism and Protest Movements in 1960s American Society’, Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies Annual Conference, May 2017

Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies Annual Conference, Co-organiser, May 2017

Awards and Funding

AHRC International Placement Scheme Fellow at the Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin, Oct-Dec 2017