Professor Jon Lawrence

Associate Professor


I work on modern British social, cultural and political history and have a special interest in the intersection of class and gender in popular politics and in the social dynamcis of everyday life. I am just finishing a book entitled Me, Me, Me? Individualism and the Struggle for Community in Post-war England, which is based largely on research conducted during my recent Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship. Previous books include Speaking for the People: Party, Language and Popular Politics in England, 1867-1914 (CUP, 1998), Electing Our Masters; the Hustyings in British Politics from Hogarth to Blair (OUP, 2009) and the edited collection Party, State and Society: Electoral Behaviour in Britain since 1820 (with Miles Taylor [1997]). I have previously held posts at University College London, the University of Liverpool and the University of Cambridge as well as visiting professorships at Harvard, Monash and the Australian National University. I have supervised more than twenty PhDs to completion on a wide range of topics in modern British history and am keen to hear from new potential graduates to work with me at Exeter following my appointment in 2017.