Brian Ward teaches southern, African American, and cultural history at the Northumbria University. His publications include The 1960s: A Documentary Reader (2009); Radio and the Struggle for Civil Rights in the South (2004), which was selected by the American Library Association as a Choice outstanding academic title and won the best history book award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication; and Just My Soul Responding: Rhythm and Blues, Black Consciousness, and Race Relations (1998), which won the OAH James A. Rawley Prize and an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. He is currently working on two books: one about artists and repertoire men in the early U.S. recording industry, the other about connections between British popular music and the American South.
- "Dixie . . . Practically a Suburb of London": The Imagined South in Interwar Britain
- Bigger than Elvis and More Popular Than Jesus: The Beatles and the American South
- Delius, Davidson, and the Drive-by Truckers: The History of Three Southern Operas
- Radio and the Civil Rights Movement
- The "Indefinable" Florence Mills: Why Nobody Remembers the Biggest African American Star of the 1920s?