“American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.” James Baldwin, American novelist and civil rights activist

Dr Jon Coburn - Programme Leader

Dr Jon Coburn - Programme Leader

Dr Jon Coburn is Lecturer in American Studies and Programme Leader for the American Studies degree. His research interests include protest and dissent in the 20th and 21st-century United States, with particular focus on women's rights, peace activism, the African American freedom movement, and public memory. His research on the women's peace camp movement of the 1980s won the 2018 Harvard University Schlesinger Research Award and the 2018 Early Career Award from the Historians of the Twentieth Century United States. Jon also won the 2018 Moore Fellowship from Swarthmore College.

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Teaching and Learning During Covid-19

At Lincoln, Covid-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the student experience. We have made changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience. We will continue to follow Government guidance and work closely with the local Public Health experts as the situation progresses, and adapt our teaching and learning accordingly to keep our campus as safe as possible.


Students have the option of studying abroad during the third year of their degree at one of our partner institutions in North America. Studying abroad provides the opportunity to develop greater cultural awareness and resourcefulness, initiative, and independence in responding to new situations.

Students will be responsible for their travel and accommodation costs in addition to their normal living costs throughout the year. Where applicable, visa costs will also need to be covered by the student. Students can then return to the University of Lincoln to complete the final year of their degree.


Research on the Americas in our College of Arts is wide-ranging and currently includes fatherhood in Cold War America, early modern Iberian imperial architecture, the mapping of New York City through Broadway song, and homelessness in American fiction.

Career Opportunities

This course aims to equip students with an in-depth and wide-ranging knowledge of key periods, movements, and developments within American arts, history, and cultures. Previous graduates of our College of Arts have gone into a range of careers, including roles in teaching, broadcasting, screenwriting, journalism, finance, PR, marketing, law, politics, the charity sector, and publishing.

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The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.