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Dr Kate Ballantyne

Humanities and Social Science

Faculty of Arts Professional and Social Studies

Civil rights
Student activism
Southern history
Long Black freedom struggle
Twentieth-century social movements
Vietnam War anti-war activism
Free speech
University policies and politics


2017, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, PhD in History
2013, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, MPhil in Historical Studies
2012, University of South Carolina, United States, BA in History with a Minor in Southern Studies


2019, Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom, Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer in American History, Liverpool John Moores University, 2022 - present
Departmental Lecturer in Modern History, History, University of Oxford, 2021 - 2021
Career Development Fellow in Contemporary History, History, University of Edinburgh, 2019 - 2020
Teaching Fellow in U.S. History, History, University of Birmingham, 2018 - 2019
Research Fellow of the David Bruce Centre for American Studies, Keele University, 2018 - 2020

Journal article

Ballantyne K. 2023. The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Modern History Review, 25 :22-24 Publisher Url Public Url

Ballantyne K. 2020. We Might 'Overcome Someday': West Tennessee's Rural Freedom Movement Journal of Contemporary History, 56 :117-141 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Ballantyne K. 2020. Saints in the Struggle: Church of God in Christ Activists in the Memphis Civil Rights Movement, 1954–1968 by Jonathan Chism Journal of Southern History, 86 :751-752 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

BALLANTYNE K. 2019. J. Michael Butler, Beyond Integration: The Black Freedom Struggle in Escambia County, Florida, 1960–1980 (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2016, $32.95). Pp. 356. isbn978 1 4696 2747 2. Journal of American Studies, 53 :846-847 DOI Publisher Url

Ballantyne K. 2019. “Students Are [Not] Slaves”: 1960s Student Power Debates in Tennessee Journal of American Studies, 54 :295-322 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Book review

Ballantyne K. 2022. Education in black and white: Myles Horton and the Highlander center's vision for social justice Labor History, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Ballantyne K. 2020. Traci Parker, Department Stores and the Black Freedom Movement: Workers, Consumers, and Civil Rights from the 1930s to the 1980s Reviews in History, DOI

Ballantyne K. 2018. Anne Stefani, Unlikely Dissenters: White Southern Women in the Fight for Racial Justice, 1920-1970 History: the journal of the Historical Association, 103 :186-187 DOI Publisher Url


Ballantyne K. 2018. 'Chicago Seven' Hall MK. Opposition to War: An Encyclopedia of United States Peace and Antiwar Movements :130-131 ABC-CLIO, LLC. Santa Barbara, California 9781440845192

Conference publication

Ballantyne K. 2013. Behind The Gates: An Interracial Perspective of Black and White Youth Memories of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 1950s to 1970s The proceedings of the South Carolina Historical Association. South Carolina Historical Association, South Carolina Historical Association Annual Meeting Publisher Url Public Url

Membership of professional bodies:

Secretary, British Association for American Studies, 2023