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Jenna Pitchford-Hyde

Lecturer in Humanities, University of East Anglia

Jenna Pitchford-Hyde is Lecturer in Humanities at the University of East Anglia. Jenna’s research focuses on the changing face of contemporary conflict and its impact on cultural identity (especially in Persian Gulf and Iraq War narratives).

Jenna’s current research projects include a monograph which explores US masculinities in Gulf and Iraq War fiction, and a project focusing on representations of disabled veterans in the UK and US media.

She has previously published on Iraqi responses to the 2003 Iraq War, trauma and videogames, African American identity, masculinity in literature of the Iraq wars, and representations of veterans in the media.


  • 2012–present
    Lecturer in Humanities, University of East Anglia
  • 2011–2012
    Lecturer in English Literature, Nottingham Trent University
  • 2009–2011
    Part-time Lecturer in American Studies, University of Lincoln
  • 2007–2010
    Part-time Lecturer in English Literature, Nottingham Trent University


  • 2011 
    Nottingham Trent University, PhD in American Literature


  • 2017
    Bare Strength: representing veterans of the desert wars in US media, Media, Culture and Society 39 (1) pp. 45-61
  • 2016
    ‘Invisible Warriors: Trauma and Ethics in the Narratives of the Iraq Wars’ (Book Chapter), America: Justice, Conflict, War . Winter University Press
  • 2013
    When the “Homeland” is a Warzone: Iraqis Writing from Positions of Exile and Displacement, Critical Studies on Security 1 (2) pp. 174-188
  • 2012
    From One Gulf to Another: Reading Masculinity in American Narratives of the Gulf and Iraq Wars, Literature Compass 9 (5) pp. 357-70
  • 2011
    The global war on terror, identity, and changing perceptions: Iraqi responses to America's War in Iraq, Journal of American Studies 45 (04) pp. 695-716
  • 2010
    The American “Other” in the Gulf War Novel: Writing Race and National Identity in Christopher John Farley’s My Favorite War (1996), Writing America into the Twenty-First Century: Essays on the American Novel. Cambridge Scholars Publishing pp. 56-75
  • 2010
    “Shall We Kill the Pixel Soldier?”: Perceptions of trauma and morality in combat videogames, Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds 2 (1) pp. 39-51

Professional Memberships

  • British Association of American Studies
  • Higher Education Academy Fellow