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Durham University

The Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies

Peter O'Connor

Peter O'Connor is an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Humanities at Northumbira University. Peter's primary research interests relate to nineteenth century British perceptions of the United States before and during the American Civil War. Drawing heavily on the work of travel writers in the period his work concentrates on the development of British beliefs about American politics and society, and considers the way these image were utilized in British political discourse. His recent PhD project entitled 'The Inextinguishable Struggle Between North and South': American Sectionalism in the British Mind, 1832-1863' examined these issues with reference to the American Civil War. He has been awarded an Eccles Centre Postgraduate Fellowship at the British Library as the first stage of a new project that will reconsider the role of the 1812-15 Anglo-American war in redefining the meaning of the United States for British political radicals. He is a member of BrANCH.

Peter has authored 'An Anglo-American Synecdoche?: Thomas Jefferson's British Image 1800-1865',The Journal of Transatlantic Studies [Forthcoming, 13.2, 2015] 'John Quincy Adams: An Exceptionally Average President?' in Michael Patrick Cullinane & Clare Frances Elliott, eds., Perspectives on Presidential Leadership: An International View of the White House (Routledge: 2014).