History Department
History Department

Edward Watson

B.A. History; M.A. Modern History, The University of Sheffield

Edward Watson


  • Office: Texas Coffee Traders - Pangea Cafe (in the Geosciences building, opposite the College of Liberal Arts)
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am-12pm


Modern British History; Punk, Youth Culture, and Popular Music; Gender; The Long 18th Century; 19th and 20th-Century Visual Culture; Social and Cultural History


I am a graduate student with a B.A in History and an M.A. in Modern History from the University of Sheffield. My main research is focused on masculinities and working-class culture in the British punk movement from 1976-1984. I am particularly interested in analyzing how popular music, consumption, and the representation of young working-class people were understood in a time of economic turmoil in Britain. The punk “cult” was condemned as a threat to mainstream society and the moral fiber of the nation, as scores of young people stuck safety pins through their noses, styled their hair into Mohicans, stitched swastikas to their shirts, and drastically altered their identity. In order to achieve multiple perspectives, my research combines oral testimonies, newspaper articles, court records, and documentary footage with punk ephemera, such as fanzines, posters, photographs, and clothing.

For my comps, I am focusing on the British Empire in the long 18th century, Gender, and Modern Britain from the late 18th century to the present. I have been the TA for a variety of courses and have taught on US history from 1492-1865 and 1865 to the present, as well as gender in Early Modern Europe. I am also priveleged to serve as the co-coordinator for the Gender Symposium for the 2018-19 academic year.

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