Dr Patrick Doyle

Patrick Doyle

Dr Patrick Doyle

Lecturer in United States History

Phone: +44 1784 414344

Personal profile

I joined Royal Holloway in September 2014 as Lecturer in Modern American History. I completed my PhD at the University of Manchester, where I also obtained an MA in American Studies. My undergraduate education was completed at the University of Southampton, where I studied for a BA in History. Before coming to Royal Holloway I worked in an adjunct capacity at both Manchester and the University of Sheffield.

I am a convenor for the North American History seminar hosted by the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) and was a committee member of British American Nineteenth Century Historians (BrANCH) from 2012 to 2014. I remain a member of BrANCH, and I am currently serving as book reviews editor for American Nineteenth Century History, a Routledge/Taylor & Francis journal that is affiliated with BrANCH. I'm also a member of the British Association for American Studies (BAAS), the Society of Civil War Historians and the Southern Historical Association. 

Research interests

I am a historian of nineteenth-century America with a specific interest in the Civil War era.

My current research project, which is an extension of my Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded doctoral research, is a monograph exploring the interconnected issues of family, community and loyalty in Confederate South Carolina. In particular, my research endeavours to understand the fluid nature of political loyalty, the idiosyncratic ways in which individuals prioritise their respective allegiances to family, community, state and nation within the crucible of war. By using the upcountry region of South Carolina as a case study, a locale which avoided military invasion for virtually the entirety of the Civil War, my research also sheds light on how occupation (or the lack of it) impinged upon Confederate loyalty and identity.

My second major research project, which is currently at a very early stage, will analyse the complex relationships between military service, ideas about citizenship and political status in Civil War America. It seeks to do so by investigating the lives and experiences of the thousands of Union and Confederate men who, via legal or illegal means, did not fight in the Civil War. By blending political, social, cultural, military and intellectual history, this project will grapple with what it meant to not answer the call of one's country in an age in which the citizen-soldier ideal was being redefined.

In order to advance the above research, I will be a visiting Fulbright American Studies Scholar at the University of South Carolina and an AHRC placement scholar at the Library of Congress's John W. Kluge Center during the 2017-18 academic year.

My other research and teaching interests include -

* Antebellum slavery and slave culture.
* Historical memory (particularly in relation to the American Civil War).
* The history of the U.S. South.
* The history of race, racial ideologies and whiteness.

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