Dr Michael Finn
Senior Lecturer and Director of Liberal Arts
I am an historian of post-war and contemporary Britain, with particular interests in British political culture and the history of education policy. At Exeter, I lead the BA Liberal Arts degree programme, and I was previously Deputy Head of the School for Cross-Faculty Studies (Liberal Arts Division) at the University of Warwick.
My teaching interests are interdisciplinary, ranging from history to sociology and political science, and I have also published across disciplinary genres. I have recently completed a short book on British Universities in the Brexit Moment, which will appear with Emerald in early 2018, and I am in the final stages of completing a monograph for Palgrave on Anthony Crosland, namely Socialism, Education and Equal Opportunity, which will also appear in 2018. My next project, Empire State: British political culture in the age of neonationalism, has just been contracted by Routledge.
I have held Fellowships at Oxford (Lady Margaret Hall), and Cambridge (Magdalene) in addition to teaching at the University of Birmingham, Liverpool Hope University and the University of Warwick. I have also worked in Westminster as a political adviser and speechwriter, and I have appeared widely in national and international media as a commentator on British politics.