Dr Stephen McVeigh
Associate Professor
Political and Cultural Studies
Telephone: (01792) 602897

Dr. Stephen McVeigh is Associate Professor in War and Society and Director of Learning and Teaching for the College of Arts and Humanities. His areas of research are diverse and include American War and Society, 19th and 20th century American cultural history, American film, 20th century American literature and American pulp fictions. He delivers teaching in topics as diverse as Frontier mythology in 20th century American history and culture, the Spanish Civil War, total war in the modern era, international perspectives on propaganda film, American masculinities, the ‘American Way of War’, terrorism and culture, representations of war in art, literature and film and he also contributes to a number of modules in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across the College of Arts and Humanities.

Dr. McVeigh is the series editor of War, Culture and Society, a research monograph series published by Bloomsbury. He is also a member of the editorial team of the Journal of War and Culture Studies.

Areas of Expertise

  • American war and society
  • The Spanish Civil War
  • The history of the American West
  • The West in literature and popular culture
  • 20th century American literature
  • American film
  • American popular culture
  • American mythology

Publications

  1. (Eds.). Men After War. New York: Routledge.
  2. (Eds.). The Films of James Cameron: Critical Essays. McFarland.
  3. 'Do we get to win this time?' Movies, Mythology and Political Culture in 'Reagan Country'. In Lexington Books.
  4. The Kirk Doctrine: The Care and Repair of Archetypal Heroic Leadership in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek. In Star Trek as Myth: Essays on Symbol and Archetype at the Final Frontier. McFarland.
  5. America’s Engagement with the Spanish Civil War. Journal of War and Culture Studies 2(3), 259-274.

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Teaching

  • HUA301 Gunfighter Nation: the West in History, Mythology and Fiction

    Little evokes America as vividly as a Western. The simplicity of the narrative, the endlessly repeated generic clichés, John Wayne or Clint Eastwood as cowboy heroes hide the fact that America's relationship with its frontier past and the narratives derived from it are far from simple. This interdisciplinary module employs four connecting strands to examine the West. From an initial discussion of the historical reality of the West, the module considers its mythological function in American culture. The way the two come together in Western fictions, taking in short stories, novels, and films, will constitute the bulk of the module. The final strand examines the notion of the New West in history, literature and film. An overarching concern will be the western as meta-narrative, as a story that evolves as America evolves and narrates the events of the American Century. To a large extent, the route the student follows through the module will be self-determined. There will be a large variety of texts offered for discussion in small seminar groups, the students choosing a certain number from the list.

  • HUA305 The Spanish Civil War - Its Origins, Course and Legacy

    The module begins with an examination of the Spanish Second Republic, the reasons for its creation and the roots of its destruction. Particular emphasis will be placed on the political, economic and social background of Spain in the 1930s and how these worked to create the bitter divides which erupted into violence in 1936. The civil war itself will then be covered in some detail. Seminars and lectures will explore the military and diplomatic side of the war, but the primary focus will be on the nature of the two belligerents and the societies which they hoped to fashion. Finally, this module will explore the legacy of the Spanish Civil War ¿ the creation of an enduring dictatorship in Spain, the historiographical and political debates over the civil war itself, representations of the civil war in contemporary popular culture, and the political implications of the Spanish Civil War for modern-day Spain.

Supervision

  • The invisible history of the Oneida Indians and the American Revolution (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr David Anderson
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr David Anderson
  • 'Duty, Community and God: Elizabeth Fox-Genovese and Her Antebellum Southern Women 1941-2007' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr David Anderson
  • 'The Films of Delmer Daves: Visions of Progress in Mid-Twentieth Century America' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Rachel Farebrother
  • Southern White Women in Kentucky during the American Civil War (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr David Anderson
  • 'Settler Coloniality and the Myth of the American Frontier: Reappraising U.S- Indigenous Relations.' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Mr Robert Bideleux
  • America and Wavering Hegemon: Examining the challenges America faces in an Asymmetric World. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Luca Trenta
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
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    Other supervisor: Dr David Anderson
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
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    Other supervisor: Dr David Anderson
  • Doing more good than Harm: Conscientious Objectors in the American Civil War (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr David Anderson
  • Cultural Shift: Female Identity and Expression in the Evolution of the Shift Dress (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Deborah Youngs
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
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    Other supervisor: Prof David Britton
  • 'Afghanistan''''s Wicked Problems. Counterinsurgency and Counternarcotics in Afghanistan 2002-2011.' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Bewley-Taylor

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Director of Learning and Teaching - College of Arts and Humanities

    2016 - Present

  • Deputy Chair - University Programme Management Board

    2015 - Present