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College of Arts and Letters

Department of History

Brett Bebber, Assistant Professor

Contact Information


Phone: 757-683-4371

Office Hours (BAL 8046)

Contact Dr. Bebber at bbebber@odu.edu


Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Brett Bebber specializes in modern British history and the history of the British empire. In particular, he is interested in the ways in which the decline of the Empire and the surge in migration to postwar Britain reshaped national identity and social relationships in the metropole. He has written on the intersections of race, gender, and violence in postwar Britain, and studied the cultural implications of social control, working-class violence and political racisms in modern British culture. He is also interested in analyzing the cultural struggles that emerge in sport and leisure in Britain, and has analyzed how forms of leisure mediated and catalyzed broader social conflicts. 

His newest research threads include a study of migrant integration and black civil rights activism in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s, and an examination of how civil liberties and anti-racist organizations made transatlantic connections with American and Canadian civil rights groups. He regularly teaches courses on modern British history, the history of the British Empire, European imperialism, transatlantic history, and sport and leisure.


B.A. Hope College, in History and Religious Studies, 2000
M.A. University of Arizona, in Modern European History, 2004
Ph.D. University of Arizona, in Modern Britain and European History, 2008

Selected Publications:

 ‘“‘We Were Just Unwanted’: Bussing, Migrant Dispersal, and South Asians in London”, Journal of Social History 48, no. 3 (Spring 2015).

 ‘“The Short Life of Curry and Chips: Racial Comedy on British Television in the 1960s”, Journal of British Cinema and Television 11, nos. 2-3 (July 2014), 213-35.

 ‘“Till Death Do Us Part: Political Satire and Social Realism in the 1960s and 1970s”, Historical Journal of Film, Television and Radio 34, no.1(June 2014), 253-74.

 Violence and Racism in Football: Politics and Cultural Conflict, 1968-1998 (Pickering and Chatto, 2012).

 Leisure and Cultural Conflict in Twentieth-Century Britain, editor (Manchester University Press, 2012).

 “‘The Misuse of Leisure’: Football Violence, Politics and Family Values in 1970s Britain” in Leisure and Cultural Conflict in Twentieth-Century Britain (see above).