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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. 

Research interests

Dr Lawrence works on British social, political and cultural history from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. He has published extensively on political language and the culture of public politics. His book Electing Our Masters: the Hustings in British Politics from Hogarth to Blair was published by OUP in 2009. He is currently completing a book on the politics of social identity in Britain from the 1940s to the present, including a history of popular individualism (and its limits). This work is the product of a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship award held by Dr Lawrence during 2013-2015. 

Research supervision

I am interested in supervising research students working on most aspects of British social, political and cultural history since 1900, and have particular interests in the history of class, gender, place and popular politics. 

Research students

Cowan, 'Social change in everyday language in Britain, c. 1939-1990' [Cambridge]

Lockwood, 'Conceptions of public opinion and the British New Right, c.1965-1983' [Cambridge]

Saleh, 'Changing Attitudes to European Integration in British Politics, 1975-93' [Cambridge]