Alan Rice Biography

Alan Rice is Professor in English and American Studies at the University of Central Lancashire. He was awarded a National Teaching Fellow from the Higher Education Academy in 2007 and holds a PhD in American Studies from Keele University (1997), an MA in American Cultural Studies from Bowling Green State University, Ohio (1990), and an MA in English Literature and History from the University of Edinburgh (1984. He has worked on the interdisciplinary study of the Black Atlantic for the past two decades including publishing Radical Narratives of the Black Atlantic (Continuum, 2003). Alan was academic advisor to the Slave Trade Arts Memorial Project in Lancaster, was editor in chief of Manchester’s Revealing Histories Website and a co-curator of the Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester’s 2007-8 exhibition Trade and Empire: Remembering Slavery. His latest monograph is Creating Memorials, Building Identities: The Politics of Memory in the Black Atlantic (Liverpool UP, 2010) and his latest edited collection is a special issue of Atlantic Studies on the “Slave Trade’s Dissonant Heritage” edited with Johanna Kardux (2012). He is also continuing the work on black abolitionists in Britain started in his co-edited Liberating Sojourn: Frederick Douglass and Transatlantic Reform (Georgia, 1999) with a new collection in Slavery and Abolition (2012) with Fionnghuala Sweeney. He has given keynote presentations in Britain, Germany, the United State and France and contributed to documentaries for the BBC, Border Television and public broadcasting in America as well as appearing on BBC’s The One Show. He is an advisor to museums in Liverpool, Lancaster and Manchester.