Simon Philo

Position: Senior Lecturer in American Studies

College: College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences

Department: Humanities

Subject area: Humanities

Research Centre: Identity, Conflict and Representation

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I am Programme Leader for BA Liberal Arts and BA American Studies; and Subject Leader for Joint Honours American Studies.

Teaching responsibilities

I currently teach on the following modules:

  • American Cultural Studies
  • The Making of Modern America
  • Practising Liberal Arts
  • Thought & Culture I
  • Audible Republic: American Music & Society
  • From Civil Rights to Hip Hop: African American Lives
  • Research Project (PDP)
  • Contesting Cultures: American Popular Culture in the Contemporary World
  • New Hollywood & Beyond
  • Independent Study in American Studies

Research interests

I have published extensively on American popular culture, with particular reference to its transatlantic "flow."  My book British Invasion: The Crosscurrents of Musical Influence was published in November 2014; and my journal article "Not Sucking in the Seventies: The Rolling Stones and the Myth of Decline" was published in Rock Music Studies in October 2015.  My resume also features book chapters and articles on ska, punk, MTV, Pop art, youth TV, and The Simpsons at the BBC.  My book on glam rock is due for publication in late 2017.

Membership of professional bodies

I am a member of the British Association of American Studies (BAAS), and of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM).


  • BA (Hons) English & American Studies, University of Nottingham
  • PhD by Published Works, University of Derby (forthcoming, 2018)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Recent publications

  • British Invasion: The Crosscurrents of Musical Influence (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014).
  • '"They Got to Go": SKA versus America', in R. Browne & B. Urish eds. The Dynamics of Interconnections in Popular Culture(s) (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014), pp.76-94. 
  • 'Biff! Bang! Pow! The Transatlantic Pop Aesthetic, 1956-66', in N. Campbell, J. Davies & G. McKay eds. Issues in Americanisation and Culture (Edinburgh: EUP, 2004), pp.278-294.
  • '"Be Childish, Be Irresponsible, Be Disrespectful, Be Everything This Society Hates": Punk, Youth & Protest', in N. Campbell ed. American Youth Cultures (Edinburgh: EUP, 2004), pp.209-236.
  • 'The Simpsons, "Light Entertainment" and the Ghost of Lord Reith', in Polemics: Essays in American Literary and Cultural Criticism, vol.1 (Sheffield: Black Rock Press, 2004), pp.119-133.
  • 'Cinema', in W. Kaufman & H. MacPherson eds. Britain and the Americas: Culture, Politics & History, Vol.1 (Santa Barbara CA: ABC-Clio, 2005), pp.221-226. 

Recent conferences

In the last few years, I have given guest lectures at the University of Loughborough, Nottingham and Northumbria on aspects of the British Invasion. 

International experience

I am the department of Humanities' Study Abroad Coordinator for Europe, overseeing student and staff mobility between ourselves and our various European partners. 

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