Brian Ward teaches southern, African American, and cultural history at the Northumbria University. His publications include A&R Pioneers: Architects of American Roots Music on Record (2018); Martin Luther King in Newcastle upon Tyne: The African American Freedom Struggle and Race Relations in the North East of England (2017); 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 sickness and health in southern music, the other about The Beatles and the U.S. South.
- Recording Robert Johnson: The Birth of a Blues Legend
- 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 Southern Civil Rights Movement