Dr Themis Chronopoulos
Associate Professor
Political and Cultural Studies
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Themis Chronopoulos is an Associate Professor of American Studies at Swansea University in Wales, UK. His research focuses primarily on urban history and public policy since 1945 with an emphasis on race, ethnicity, inequality and urban governance. He has previously been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, U.S.A., has taught at various Universities in the United States and the United Kingdom and has held a visiting position at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Chronopoulos is the author of Spatial Regulation in New York City: From Urban Renewal to Zero Tolerance (New York: Routledge, 2011), which was awarded the 2012 Arthur Miller Centre First Book Prize for the best first book in American Studies form the British Association for American Studies. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Urban History Association.

Areas of Expertise

  • Urban History
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Immigration
  • Popular Culture
  • Public Policy


  1. Police Misconduct, Community Opposition, and Urban Governance in New York City, 1945-1965. Journal of Urban History 44(4), 643-668.
  2. Race, Class, and Gentrification in Harlem since 1980. In Race Capital? Harlem as Place and Symbol since 1900. (pp. 243-266). New York: Columbia University Press.
  3. & (Eds.). After the Urban Crisis: New York and the Rise of Inequality. Journal of Urban History.
  4. & Introduction. After the Urban Crisis: New York and the Rise of Inequality. Journal of Urban History 43(6), 855-863.
  5. The Rebuilding of the South Bronx after the Fiscal Crisis. Journal of Urban History 43(6), 932-959.

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  • AM-112 American Politics and Society

    This Interdisciplinary module provides students with an introduction to the ideas, the principles, the institutions and the issues that shape the political system of the United States of America. Topics include -The United States Consititution Bill of Rights - The Political Structure of teh United States: President, Congress, and the Supreme Court - African Americans and Citizenship - Immigration - Globalization and Neoliberalism - Race and Ethnicity - Political Ideology - Urban and Suburban America - Post - Racial America

  • AM-213 Topics in American Studies II:

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  • AM-253 New York City: History and Culture since 1945

    This module will explore the history and culture of New York City since 1945. The readings, lectures, and discussions will concentrate on race and ethnicity, urban development, city governance, political and social conflict, film, place-making, and housing. The course will also examine why New Yorkers pay inordinate attention to their neighborhoods and how this emphasis on place has racial and ethnic implications.

  • AM-336 American Studies Dissertation

    The American Studies dissertation is a free-standing, 40-credit module for American Studies students only, which runs across both semesters of Level Three. Candidates conduct research upon a subject of their choice, devised in consultation with a member of staff teaching on the American Studies degree. The topic must fall within staff research and teaching interests.

  • AM-339 Popular Music and the City

    This module will examine the relationship between popular music and its social context by concentrating on several music forms such as soul, hip hop, and the blues. While the United States will be the focus of the module, other Afro-diasporic music forms in the Americas and West Africa are also going to be included. Topics examined include: (1) concepts such as audiences, the music industry, cultural infrastructure, the African Diaspora, youth culture, and race; (2) processes such as urbanization, demographic change, globalization, commercialism, and the politicization of popular music.