School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Bruce Baker

Lecturer in Modern American History



I joined the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology in September 2013 as Lecturer in Modern American History.  Most of my teaching and research centres on the American South between the Civil War and the 1920s.  I am co-editor of the journal American Nineteenth Century History.


Ph.D. in History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003

M.A. in Folklore, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1995

B.A. in English, Clemson University, 1992

B.A. in English, Clemson University, 1992

Previous Positions

2004-2013, Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in United States History, Royal Holloway, University of London

2004, Visiting Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Superior

2003, Teaching Fellow, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Office Hours (Spring 2016)

I am on research leave this semester and will not be holding office hours.


Current Research

My most recent book is The Cotton Kings: Capitalism and Corruption in Turn-of-the-Century New York and New Orleans, published by Oxford University Press in 2015, which I co-authored with Barbara Hahn of Texas Tech University.  My next major research project will examine bubonic plague and public health in New Orleans in the 1910s.

Research Supervision

I would be interested in supervising research students in any area I have done research, especially race relations, Reconstruction, labor history, and business history, especially the cotton industry.


The modules I am teaching on this year are:

HIS1030: Evidence and Argument

HIS3212: Reconstruction and the New South, 1865-1914 (autumn 2015)