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Dr Lee Sartain

  • Qualifications: BA History and Politics & Government (University of Kent), MA US History (University of Keele), PhD (University of Lancaster)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in American Studies
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6187
  • Email: lee.sartain@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Languages and Area Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Lee Sartain is Senior Lecturer in American Studies and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He received his doctorate from the University of Lancaster on women in the Civil Rights Movement in Louisiana.

Teaching Responsibilities

Civil Rights USA, African American History and Culture, Home & Away: US foreign and domestic policy, and survey units on US history and culture.


Course Leader for American Studies, Coordinator of the Semester Abroad programme


Research Clusters

  • Women's and Gender Studies

My research interests focus on the African American experience in the twentieth century civil rights struggle in the United States. In particular I am interested in the history of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the longest surviving civil rights organization in the US. My research has been on race, gender and class in America.  My first book, Invisible Activists, won the Jules & Francis Landry award 2007 for best book on a southern topic.  My recent research has been on concepts of youth in the civil rights struggle during the 1940s and 1950s.  I organized a conference at Portsmouth in February 2014 for HOTCUS, Dixie’s Great War, on the First World War and the American South. 


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