Selected Publications

Articles In Academic Journals

Year Title
2018 'Standard Transatlantic Practice': Race Relations and Antidiscrimination Law across the AtlanticJournal of Civil and Human Rights. 5-36.
2017 "Model Migrants? Sikh Activism and Race Relations Organisations in Britain"Contemporary British History. 568-592.
2015 'We Were Just Unwanted': Bussing, Migrant Dispersal and South Asians in LondonJournal of Social History. 635-661.
2014 "The Short Life of Curry and Chips: Racial Comedy on British Television in the 1960s"Journal of British Cinema and Television. 213-235.
2014 Till Death Us Do Part: Political Satire and Social Realism in the 1960s and 1970sHistorical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. 253-274.


Year Title
2012 Leisure and Cultural Conflict in Twentieth-Century Britain.  Manchester University Press.
2012 Violence and Racism in Football: Politics and Cultural Conflict in British Society, 1968-1998.  London: Pickering and Chatto.


Year Title
2015 "Unwanted Consumers: Violence and Consumption in British Football in the 1970s"Consuming Behaviours: Identity, Politics and Pleasure in Twentieth-Century Britain. New York: Bloomsbury.
2012 ‘The Misuse of Leisure’: Football Violence, Politics and Family Values in 1970s BritainLeisure and Cultural Conflict in Twentieth-Century Britain. Manchester University Press.

Research Overview

  • Dr. Brett Bebber specializes in modern British history and the history of the British empire. In particular, he is interested in the ways in which the decline of the Empire and the surge in migration to postwar Britain reshaped national identity and social relationships in the metropole. He has written on the intersections of race, gender, and violence in postwar Britain, and studied the cultural implications of social control, working-class violence and political racisms in modern British culture. He is also interested in analyzing the cultural struggles that emerge in sport and leisure in Britain, and has analyzed how forms of leisure mediated and catalyzed broader social conflicts. His newest research threads include a study of migrant integration and black civil rights activism in Britain in the 1960s and 1970s, and an examination of how civil liberties and anti-racist organizations made transatlantic connections with American and Canadian civil rights groups. He regularly teaches courses on modern British history, the history of the British Empire, European imperialism, transatlantic history, and sport and leisure.
  • Expertise Keywords

  • History : Modern Europe, Britain, British Empire, Race and Racism, Migration, Civil and Human Rights, Sport and Leisure
  • Education And Training

  • Ph.D. in Modern European History, The University of Arizona 2008
  • M.A. in Modern European History, The University of Arizona 2004
  • B.A. in History, Religious Studies, Hope College 2000
  • Full Name

  • Brett Bebber