Dr Kristofer Allerfeldt

Senior Lecturer

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Both my degree and PhD are from Exeter. I work on American history in the last half of the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries. I have a particular interest in ethnicity, immigration, bigotry and criminality. I am currently researching slavery since abolition in the United States.

Research interests


I research  American history  from the end of the Civil War until the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Within that period my real interests lie in deviancy and bigotry. As such I work on all aspects of crime and racism, nativism and prejudice. I have published works on anti-immigrant sentiment, visions of Americanism, the Ku Klux Klan and crime in general. I am currently researching the continuation of different forms of enslavement in the US since the Thirteenth Amendment.



Research collaborations

At present I am working with a variety of other academics. With regard to my work on the KKK, I am working with American Masonic historians, as well as my own PhD student, Miguel Hernandez. My work on organized crime is also to some extent collaborative, and I am working with the Michael Woodiwiss at UWE as well as my PhD student Kay Firth-Butterfield on trying to re-interpret early twentieth century depictions and manifestations of organized crime.

Research supervision

I am happy to supervise American history projects in the period from 1865-1941.

I am especially interested in taking on students working in the fields of the history of organised crime, the Ku Klux Klan, hate groups and international criminal fraternities.

Research students

I am currently supervising a PhD on the links between Freemasonry and the KKK in the 1920s.

External impact and engagement

I am currently working on slavery since abolition in the US. As such I am engaging with law enforcers, lawyers and the media, as well as a variety of academics to better understand how we can use history to shape today's policies and make them more effective and responsive.


Both my undergraduate degree and PhD are from Exeter. I moved to Cornwall in 2007 and have taught here on various aspects of US history.