Dr Glenn Jordan

Glenn Jordan Dr Glenn Jordan, is a Reader in Cultural Studies and Creative Practice and Director of Butetown History & Arts Centre. His research and publications are in cultural studies, especially where that field intersects with history, ethnography and photographic practices. He has written on themes and issues in African American intellectual history; the formation of African-American subjectivity from the middle passage to the Civil Rights Movement; and the histories of immigrants and minorities in Wales and Ireland, particularly in Cardiff docklands. His practiced-based research, which results in exhibitions as well as academic writing, brings together photographic and curatorial practices with oral history and post-positivist ethnography. His photographic work combines large portraits, life stories and ethnography and has been shown in museums and galleries in the UK, Ireland and the USA. His photographs have also appeared on the covers of academic books and journals, including each of the bi-monthly covers of the journal Cultural Studies during 2011.

Born in Sacramento, California, Glenn was educated at Stanford University and the University of Illinois. Prior to coming to Cardiff in 1987, he was Assistant Director of the Afro-American Studies and Research Program at the University of Illinois.

Research themes

Dr Jordan’s research and publications are in four main areas:

  • African American intellectual history
  • The formation of African-American subjectivity from the middle passage to the Civil Rights Movement
  • Practiced-based research that brings together photographic and curatorial practices with oral history and post-positivist ethnography
  • The histories of immigrants and minorities in Wales and Ireland, particularly in Cardiff docklands (within Wales he is widely regarded as the leading authority on these histories).
This is what cultural studies can look like as it speaks across the academy and into broader publics

His work is intrinsically interdisciplinary. He has published widely in each of the four areas and his photographic work, which combines large portraits, life stories and ethnography, has been shown in venues in the UK, Ireland, the USA and various European countries. His photographs have also appeared on the covers of academic books and journals, including each of the bi-monthly covers of the journal Cultural Studies during 2011.

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