Professor Andrew Thompson


I joined the University of Exeter as Professor of Modern History in 2011, having previously held a Chair in Imperial and Global History at the University of Leeds where I was Dean of the Faculty of Arts and then Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research. I now sit on the Council of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, for which I work as an Executive Advisor for a day each week, as well as chairing its Public Policy Advisory Group. I am also a member of the Strategic Advisory Group the the Universty of London's School of Advanced Studies.

At Exeter I have set up and now Direct the Centre for Imperial & Global History, with over a dozen colleages working across different aspects of the history of empire, gobal history and transnational history it is the largest research centre of its kind in the UK, with strong international links to Western Europe, Eastern Europe, India, China, South Africa and the United States.

I am currenty leading the Arts and Humanities Research Council's multi-disciplinary strategic programme of research: Care for the Future: Thinking Forward Through the Past.

I am an Honorary Professor at the Universty of South Africa in Pretoria.

I was an undergraduate and postgraduate student at the University of Oxford, and started my academic career as a fixed-term Fellow of History at Corpus Christi College in Oxford.

I am the general editor of the Manchester University Press Studies in Imperialism series, one of MUP's flagship book seris with over 100 tites to its name.