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Dr Matt Beech
Reader in Politics
|Post Nominals||FRHistS FRSA SFHEA|
|Biography||I am a political scientist and historian who teaches post-war British political history, government and ideas in the Department of Politics where I am the Director of the Centre for British Politics. I am Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley's Institute of European Studies and the research centre I lead is partnered with Berkeley's Centre for British Studies.
I am Associate Member of the Centre de Recherches en Civilisation Britannique at the Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3. I hold fellowships at the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Heterodox Academy. I served two terms as an elected member of the Executive Committee of the American Political Science Association’s British Politics Group. I was a Thorneycroft Memorial Scholar at the University of Southampton, where I studied for my PhD under Professor the Lord Plant of Highfield.
I have spoken at the House of Commons, the House of Lords, the California Chamber of Commerce, the Council of State Governments - West, UC Berkeley, Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, University of Adelaide and Hitotsubashi University. I have had written evidence published by the House of Lords Select Committee on Soft Power and the UK’s Influence and by the Committee on Standards in Public Life report into donations and funding of British political parties.
I provide expert analysis for the print media and have appeared in The Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Le Figaro, Les Echos, The Globe and Mail and Bloomberg News. I have worked on programmes for Sky News, BBC Parliament, BBC Radio 4, Radio France International and CNBC Asia.
I have a decade of experience in public policy consultancy and have worked with politicians, trade unionists, local government officers and broadcast journalists from Norway; think-tank professionals from Germany; Chinese provincial government officials; and with Russian higher education professionals.
|Research Interests||• Culture Wars
• Conservative Party
• Labour Party
• Post-war history
|Teaching and Learning||• British Political History Since 1945
• British Government
• Conflicts in British Culture
|Scopus Author ID||26040434600|