Professor Andrew Thorpe

Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean (Humanities) and Professor of Modern British History

BA (Birm), PhD (Sheff), FRHistS


Extension: 4396

Telephone: 01392 724396

My research centres on twentieth-century British political history, the history of party and policymaking, and international Communism in the era of the Communist International. I have worked extensively on the history of the Labour party, and also on Communist party history, but my interests are not confined to the parties of the left. My most recent book analyses the organisation of all the major parties in Britain during the Second World War. I am now working on a project on the Labour leader, trade unionist, Methodist, statesman and Nobel Laureate Arthur Henderson (1863-1935).

For my latest book, Parties at War: Political Organization in Second World War Britain (OUP 2009), see

In my current role as Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the College of Humanities I have overall responsibility for around 4,000 students and more than 200 academic staff across a wide range of disciplines - Archaeology, Art History and Visual Culture, Classics and Ancient History, Creative Writing, Drama, English, Film, History, Modern Languages, and Theology and Religion. I am a member of the University's Vice Chancellor's Executive Group, Senior Management Group, and Senate. I also am a Fellow of Royal Historical Society.