Professor Andrew Thorpe
Associate Dean of Research and Knowledge Transfer
BA (Birm), PhD (Sheff), FRHistS
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 http://www.oup.com/uk/catalogue/?ci=9780199272730
In my current role as Associate Dean for Research and Knowledge Transfer I have overall responsibility for the research of a College comprising more than 160 academic staff and around 500 research postgraduates in seven departments - Archaeology, Classics and Ancient History, Drama, English, History, Modern Languages, and Theology and Religion. I am involved in the making of the University's research and knowledge exchange strategy through membership of the Research and Knowledge Transfer Management Group, and am also a member of the University's Senior Management Group and Senate.