Dr Kevin Yuill

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My primary interests are in the intellectual history of the United States. I am interested in fundamental alterations in American society around the late 1960s/1970s and around the 1920s. Politics, culture, identity, social and social movements all shifted profoundly during this period and I have explored issues that express these changes including race and equality, attitudes to suicide and death, and the possession of firearms.

Teaching and supervision

I teach undergraduate modules in American History and American Studies, History Methodology, and current issues in American culture and society. I also teach methodology and the history of suicide on MA History.

I currently supervise one PhD student. David Vaina, began his PhD in October 2016 with a project currently entitled ‘An Analysis of the Singularity of Florida's Political Consciousness in the 1960s’.

Previously, I supervised two students who have completed their PhDs: 

Dr. Mark Beachill, "The Shifting Meaning of Race in the Political Culture of the USA", awarded 25/10/2016.
Dr. Daniel Crew, “Published Sheet Music as a Political Research Tool in American Politics”, awarded 11/2/2015.

Research interests for potential research students

I am happy to consider topics related to American history - particularly that of race and civil rights - of the late nineteenth or twentieth centuries.


Number of items: 24.


Yuill, Kevin (2016) From his warm, tear-stained hands...Obama’s plan to Do Something about guns threatens ordinary Americans. Spiked-online.

Yuill, Kevin (2015) NO ONE SHOULD NEED PERMISSION TO DIE: The right to refuse treatment is not the same as the right to demand death. Spiked-online.

Yuill, Kevin (2015) The Unfreedom of Assisted Suicide: How the right to die undermines autonomy. Ethics, Medicine, and Public Health, 2015 (1). pp. 494-502. ISSN 2352-5525

Yuill, Kevin (2015) BEWARE THE ASSISTED-SUICIDE BOMBER: Right-to-die campaigners are now using death to promote their cause. Spiked-online.


Yuill, Kevin (2015) The spectre of Japan: the influence of foreign relations on race relations theory, 1905–24. Patterns of Prejudice, 49 (4). pp. 317-342. ISSN 0031-322X

Yuill, Kevin (2015) VIRGINIA: THE CULTURE OF COMPLAINT TURNS LETHAL The most striking thing about Vester Flanagan was his self-pity. Spiked-online.

Yuill, Kevin (2015) The narcissism of assisted suicide: A shocking case shows that assisted suicide is about more than alleviating suffering. Spiked-online.

Yuill, Kevin (2015) CONTROLLING GUNS, CONTROLLING BLACKS: Those demanding gun control post-Charleston need a history lesson. Spiked-online.

Yuill, Kevin (2015) Book Review: David Scott FitzGerald and David Cook-Martín . Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2014. American Historical Review.

Yuill, Kevin (2015) The death penalty is wrong – even for terrorists. Spiked-online.

Yuill, Kevin (2015) The case of Tom Mortier shows how euthanasia advocates will never stop at the terminally ill. The Daily Telegraph newspaper. ISSN 0307-1235

Yuill, Kevin (2015) We cannot have "zero suicides" if we allow euthanasia. Daily Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235

Yuill, Kevin (2014) In the Shadow of the 1924 Immigration Act: FDR, Immigration, and Race. Immigrants and Minorities, 32 (3). pp. 183-205. ISSN 0261-9288

Yuill, Kevin (2009) Another Take on the Nixon Presidency: Richard Nixon, Drugs, Affirmative Action and the Silent Majority,. Journal of Policy History (Spring 2009).

Yuill, Kevin (2008) Constructing Country: Fakery and "Strictly American" Music; Part 2. Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, 8 (4). ISSN 1547-4348

Yuill, Kevin (2008) Creating an American Music: A Critical View of the Origins of Country; Part 1: The UnCountry Beginnings of Country Music. Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, 8 (4). ISSN 1547-4348

Book Section

Yuill, Kevin (2017) From Virtuous Armed Citizen to "Cramped Little Risk-Fearing Man": The Meaning of Firearms in an Insecure Era. In: The Second Amendment and Gun Control: Freedom, Fear, and the American Constitution. Routledge, Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

Yuill, Kevin (2013) "Better Die Fighting for Justice Than to Die Like a Dog": African Americans and Guns, 1866-1941. In: A Cultural History of Firearms in the Age of Empire. Ashgate. ISBN 1409447529

Yuill, Kevin (2013) Better die fighting against injustice than to die like a dog: African-Americans and guns 1866-1941. In: A Cultural History of Firearms in an Age of Empire. Ashgate Press, pp. 211-230. ISBN 978-1-4094-4752-8


Yuill, Kevin and Street, Joe (2017) The Second Amendment and Gun Control: Freedom, Fear, and the American Constitution. Controversies in American Constitutional Law . Routledge, Abingdon, OX. ISBN 9781138706286

Yuill, Kevin (2013) Assisted Suicide: The Liberal, Humanist Case against Legalization. Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN 978-1-137-28629-1

Yuill, Kevin (2013) Assisted Suicide: the Liberal, Humanist Case Against Legalization. Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN 978-1-137-28630-7


Yuill, Kevin (2015) Views on the News - GUN CONTROLS. [Video]

This list was generated on Mon Apr 22 07:31:52 2019 BST.

Areas of expertise

  • Suicide and assisted suicide
  • The history of firearms and firearms controls
  • American race relations in the twentieth century
  • The civil rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s
  • The Nixon and Johnson presidencies
  • Capital punishment

Last updated 08 April 2019