Emily Brady appointed Broadbent JRF in American History

Emily Brady

The RAI is pleased to welcome Dr Emily Brady as Broadbent Junior Research Fellow in American History, based at the RAI and Christ Church.

Dr Brady received her PhD in American Studies from the University of Nottingham in May 2021. She is interested in the activist function of photography within social movements and the ways in which photography, gender and race intersect. Her doctoral thesis explored the role of Black women photographers in the Civil Rights Movement. During her time as a JRF Dr Brady aims to turn this research into a monograph, and hopes to curate an exhibition of photography at Christ Church. She is also developing a new project which interrogates how intersectional identities manifest in iconic photographs of the Civil Rights Movement.

She has published work on civil rights photographer Doris Derby, and has forthcoming publications that explore themes related to motherhood, networks, and photographic self-representations. She is passionate about outreach initiatives and hopes to continue her work encouraging students to attend university. She also hopes to cultivate networks for Early Career Academics through her role as ECA Rep for the British Association of American Studies.

RAI Director Adam Smith said: We are delighted to welcome such an innovative and engaged scholar as our new Broadbent JRF. Emily brings a welcome interdisciplinary perspective to twentieth-century US history and will make a great addition to the RAI research community.