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Dr Mark Ellis

Senior Lecturer


Personal statement

I came to Strathclyde University in 1989, after teaching American Studies at West London Institute of Higher Education (now Brunel University).  My undergraduate teaching has mainly been on American History, particularly during the 20th century and with an emphasis on political and social movements, and International History.  My Master's level teaching is directly related to my research on American race relations in the first quarter of the 20th century.  

My main interests have been in the impact of World War I on American society, the response of the social sciences to racial issues in the United States, the interracial cooperation movement before 1940, and the origins of the American civil rights movement.

In addition to several journal articles and book chapters, my main publications have been two monographs concerning American race relations during World War I and the southern interracial cooperation movement during the Progressive era and interwar period:

Race, War, and Surveillance: African Americans and the United States Government During World War I (2001);

Race Harmony and Black Progress: Jack Woofter and the Interracial Cooperation Movement (2013). 

Both books were published by Indiana University Press.

I supervise five PhD students, three of whom are supported by the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and the McCracken Research Library at Cody, Wyoming.

I am currently the Senior Vice Dean of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences (HaSS), having previously been Vice Dean (Academic) and am a member of the Faculty Management Team.  I have a wideranging role that includes support for the Dean and other Vice Deans and Head of Internationalisation, contributing to the planning process and Faculty management, working with the Heads of School, advising on staff appointments, respondng to complaints and appeals and liaison with external stakeholders.  

I have previously had several administrative roles during the evolution of the humanities & social sciences and a range of professional programmes at Strathclyde.  These have included chief admissions selector for the BA degree and Vice Dean (Academic) of the Faculty of Law, Arts & Social Sciences from 2000 to 2006.  I have been an external examiner at the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Sussex.

I am the Strathclyde theme leader for the current QAA Enhancement Theme, "Student Transitions."



Race Harmony and Black Progress : Jack Woofter and the Interracial Cooperation Movement
Ellis Mark
Race and philanthropy in Georgia in the 1920s : the case of Walter B. Hill, supervisor of Negro rural schools
Ellis Mark
American Educational History JournalAmerican Educational History Journal, (2013)
Racial unrest and white liberalism in rural Georgia : Barrow and Oconee Counties in the early 1920s
Ellis Mark
Georgia Historical Quarterly Vol 97, pp. 29-60, (2013)
Southern White Reaction against Interracial Cooperation, 1900-1930
Ellis Mark, van Minnen Cornelis, Hilton Sylvia L.
Political Repression in the United StatesPolitical Repression in the United States, (2009)
Race, war and surveillance : African Americans and the United States Government during World War I
Ellis Mark

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Year 1        British History since 1790 (tutorials) 
Year 2        History of the USA since 1877 
Year 3/4     Slavery in World History 
Year 4        The USA Between the Wars (Honours special subject)

Honours Dissertations: 6-10 each year



MSc class: Segregation, Migration & War: African Americans in the Age of Jim Crow, 1900-1930

Recently supervised PhD students

McKinstry, David, "The Politics of Civil Rights, May 1963 to August 1964." (Strathclyde thesis no. T11381). Degree awarded 2005 

Cuthbert-Kerr, Simon Thomas, "The Development of Black Political Organization in Quitman County, Mississippi, 1945-1975" (Strathclyde thesis no. T11609). Degree awarded 2006

Dixon, Christopher, "The Visit by Buffalo Bill's Wild West to Barcelona, December 1899 - January 1890." (Strathclyde thesis no.T13695). Degree awarded 2014

Davies, Gregory Spencer,"Landscape and Myth in the American West: Rival Visions of Utah Territory, 1847-868." (Strathclyde thesis no.     )   Degree awarded 2016


Current PhD students

1st supervisor:

Michelle Delaney, The Art and Visual Record of Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show

Jeremy Johnston, The Relationship between Theodore Roosevelt and William F. Cody

Alessandra Magrin, Italian Perceptions of the American West and the Impact of the Wild West Show Tours of Italy in 1890 and 1906

Ben Quail, Lyndon Johnson, Vietnam and the Great Society: Competing Messages and the US Presidency

2nd supervisor:

Erin Lux, Criminal Justice and Correction Policy since 1945



Research interests

My current research is into the relationship between race, violence and property in rural Georgia after World War I.  

Specifically, this means examining changing patterns of black farm ownership and tenancy, migration, the lynching problem and Klan-type activity in groups of small counties in Georgia.  Court records and property deeds and transactions, still held in the courthouses of the county towns, are the prime source for this study.




Buffalo Bill in Europe
Ellis, Christopher (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2010 - 30-Sep-2013

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