Sean Dettman

America and the Blitz.

Professor Alan Morrison

Sean has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater where he studied History and Literature and played football for legendary coach Bob Brezowitz. He came to London in 2006 where he completed his Master of Arts at the University of Westminster in Literature, writing his dissertation on Mass-Observation and the Blitz. His doctoral thesis ‘America and the Blitz’ focuses on the impact the Blitz had on American public opinion and how it helped move the sentiment from isolationism towards intervention.

Sean has been awarded the Marshall/Baruch Fellowship at the George C. Marshall Foundation in Lexington, Virginia.


  • Sean Dettman, The Bethnal Green Tube Shelter Disaster: A Stairway to Heaven (Doppler Press: Brentwood, 2010).

Conference and seminar papers

  • ‘The Bethnal Green Tube Disaster of 1943: A Wartime Cover Up?’ The Blitz and Its Legacy Conference, University of Westminster, September 2010
  • ‘The Bethnal Green Tube Shelter Disaster 65 Years Later’ Institute of Historical Research British History 1815-1945 Seminar, December 2009.
  • ‘Broadcast of the Blitz: What Edward Murrow Told America’ Institute of Historical Research Postgraduate Seminar, May 2011.