Brian is a historian of the modern US South, the civil rights movement, popular music, the 1960s, and Anglo-American cultural relations. He is Northumbria University’s first Professor in American Studies and currently Chair of the British Association for American Studies. Previously, he held the Chair in American Studies at the University of Manchester (2006-2012), served as Head of the Department of History at the University of Florida (2000-2006), and taught at the Universities of Newcastle upon Tyne (1991-2000) and Durham (1990-91).
Brian has published 9 book, most recently Martin Luther King in Newcastle: The African American Freedom Struggle and Race Relations in the North East of England (2017) and is currently completing work on A&R Pioneers: Architects of American Popular Music on Record (co-authored with Patrick Huber).
He has also developed MOOCs on the American South and Global Geordies on the history, politics and culture of the North East of England.