Brett Bebber, Assistant Professor
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 civil rights in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s, and an examination of working-class conservatism and responses to black and Asian migrants to Britain in popular culture. He regularly teaches courses on modern British history, the history of the British Empire, European imperialism, environmental 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
• 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, forthcoming, 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).