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Rob Fitt

History, University of Birmingham

Thesis title:

When the World is Watching: Race and Identity at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics

My project tells the story of what happened to Angelenos when the world’s biggest sporting event came to town. More broadly, the project looks at the Games as a site of neoliberal cultural production, one in which new ideas about national and racial identity were contested and forged. 

Research Area

  • History


Book Review : Rob Alex Fitt (2020) R. Jefferson Jr. (ed), 'Black Veterans, Politics, and Civil Rights in Twentieth-Century America: closing ranks', Social History, 45:2, pp. 271-273.

DOI: 10.1080/03071022.2020.1732143

'Conservative activists in Texas have shaped the history all American children learn', The Washington Post, 19th October 2020. www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/10/19/conservative-activists-texas-have-shaped-history-all-american-children-learn


Paper: 'Two Little Texans: The Individual Activist and the Battle for High School History, 1976-1986'.

The British Association for American Studies' 64th Annual Conference, University of Sussex, April 2019.

Paper: 'Texan Textbooks: Cranks, Conservatives, and the Contest for America in High School History, 1976-1986'.

The Uses and Abuses of the American Past, HOTCUS PGR & ECR Conference, University of Nottingham, October 2018.



Centre for American and Canadian Studies, University of Birmingham. 

International Centre for Sports History and Culture, De Montfort University.

Historians of the Twentieth Century United States.

British Association of American Studies.

Organisation of American Historians 

American Historical Association 

Royal Historical Society Rees Davies Prize Winner 2019

The Rees Davies Prize for an outstanding Master’s thesis commemorates former Royal Historical Society President and distinguished medieval scholar, Professor Sir Rees Davies (1938-2005). It is awarded for the best Master’s dissertation submitted by a UK institution of Higher Education



United States Survey 1865 -2001. 

History in Theory and Practice.