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Mr Timothy Galsworthy

Post:Doctoral Tutor (History)
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I joined the University of Sussex in September 2018, where I am undertaking a PhD in History. My doctoral research focuses on American Civil War memory and the Republican Party during the civil rights era. I am interested in how Civil War memory affords interesting and unique perspectives on Republicanism, conservatism, and liberalism during the upheavals of the civil rights period. I am supervised by Prof. Robert Cook and Dr. Tom Adam Davies. I am funded as part of the AHRC CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership.

I am currrently one of two Postgraduate Secretaries for HOTCUS (Historians of the Twentieth Century United States)

I currently serve as Chair for Pubs and Publications. A blog about the PhD experience by PhD students.

Outside of my academic interests, I am also passionate about politics and sport on either side of the Atlantic. I believe I am one of the only rugby league fans at the University of Sussex! 

For my eclectic views on my PhD, history, politics, sport, and much much more, follow me on Twitter - @timgalsworthy

My research interests are:

  • The United States of America
  • American Civil War memory
  • Historical memory 
  • Race 
  • Civil Rights
  • Politics
  • Museums, monuments, and memorialisation 
  • War and conflict


2018-  History (PhD) - University of Sussex

2016-2017  American History (MPhil) - Selwyn College, University of Cambridge 

2013-2016  History (BA) - University of Bristol 



Prizes and Awards

William W. Scranton Research Travel Award from Pennsylvania State University (July 2019)

Roosevelt Institute of American Studies Research Grant (April 2019)



"If Republicans want to be the party of Lincoln, they must follow his lead", The Washington Post, 6 January 2020


Conference Papers and Presentations 

Laying claim to Lincoln: Contested pasts and contested presents in civil rights-era America – HOTCUS Annual Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, June 2019

Barry Goldwater, Confederate Icon? Civil War memory, civil rights, and the “Party of Lincoln”– Annual Americanist Symposium, University of Kent, June 2019 

“The shadow of Lincoln is still upon us”: American Civil War memory, civil rights, and liberal Republicans – HAHP Doctoral Researcher’s Annual Conference, University of Sussex, May 2019

The Party of Lincoln? Civil War memory, civil rights, and the Republican Party – BAAS Conference, University of Sussex, April 2019

Rewriting the Gettysburg Address: Civil War memory, the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and the transformation of American politics – Scottish Association for the Study of America Conference, University of Edinburgh, March 2019

Lincoln, Lee, and Black Lives Matter: Coming to Terms with the Past in Donald Trump’s America – A “Crisis in coming to terms with the past?” Conference, University of London, February 2019

Whatever happened to the Party of Lincoln? American Civil War memory in the Era of Trump - Democracy and Disinformation in the Era of Trump Conference, University College Dublin Clinton Institute, December 2018

"Lincoln would cry out in pain": Civil War Memory, Civil Rights, and Barry Goldwater’s Republican Party- HOTCUS Postgraduate Conference, University of Nottingham, October 2018

Refighting the Battle of Gettysburg: Civil War memory, civil rights, and political rhetoric – War Through Other Stuff Twitter Conference, September 2018  

"Emancipation may be a proclamation, it is not a fact": Civil Rights, the Democratic Party, and the legacy of the American Civil War – New Voices in the History of War, University of Oxford, July 2018

"Abraham Lincoln belongs to us": George Wallace and the memory of the American Civil War– American Political History Symposium, University of Glasgow, June 2018

Twentieth Century Democratic Presidents and the American Civil War – HOTCUS Postgraduate Conference, Northumbria University, September 2016


Professional Body Memberships

Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS)

Southern Historical Assocation (SHA)

British Assoication of American Studies (BAAS)