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Office Hours: Tuesday 3.00pm-4.00pm;
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Dr Mike Finn
Deputy Head of the School for Cross-Faculty Studies (Liberal Arts Division)
Principal Teaching Fellow
BA History (Liverpool); BA Theology (Oxford); MPhil, PhD History (Cambridge)
Current Appointments and Affiliations:
- Principal Teaching Fellow (Liberal Arts)
- Honorary Research Fellow in Politics, University of Buckingham
My current research focuses on contemporary British politics and the political economy of the post-war British state. I maintain an interest in education policy, specifically the politics of higher education, which was the subject of my doctoral dissertation. My forthcoming monograph, Socialism, Education and Equal Opportunity, focuses on the role of Anthony Crosland’s contribution to the politics of post-war British education policy begins a critique of state intervention in education within the context of a ‘moral economy’ of social fairness in the post-war period. This will be followed by a second book, The Birth of the Knowledge Economy, which interrogates the political economy of the post-war state in relation to British higher education. The two books taken together will offer a significant new interpretation of post-war British educational politics and its place in the wider life of the nation.
I have previously researched and published on a wide range of topics including the social history of the First World War, the politics of constitutional reform, contemporary education reform and the tenure in office of the coalition government between 2010 and 2015.
I was born in Liverpool, where I studied for my first degree, receiving a BA in History from the University of Liverpool. An MPhil and PhD in History at Magdalene College, Cambridge followed, and I spent a year at Harvard University as Kennedy Scholar in History. I also read BA Theology at Exeter College, Oxford, specialising in the study of Islam and Catholicism. I have taught widely in universities, teaching History and Politics at both Oxford and Cambridge, Politics, Political Science and International Relations at the London School of Economics (for the Hansard Society) and in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham. I also taught education at a number of institutions, and was the founder of the Centre for Education Policy Analysis.
I worked in Westminster politics for a number of years as a speechwriter and political adviser, and I also have a background in journalism. My research draws on this diverse range of experiences; my writing of political history/contemporary political analysis is indebted both to my original training as an empirical historian and my subsequent work in politics and the media.
I have appeared in a wide range of broadcast media, including on the BBC, ITV, Sky, CNN, CNBC and CTV and have written for a wide range of newspapers/magazines including the Guardian and Times Higher Education.
- Liberal Arts: Science, Society and the Media
- Liberal Arts: Brexitland
- Liberal Arts: Anarchism and the Practice of History
- Mike Finn, Socialism, Education and Equal Opportunity: The contemporary legacy of Anthony Crosland (London: Palgrave, 2018, forthcoming).
- Anthony Seldon and Mike Finn (eds.) The Coalition Effect, 2010-2015 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015).
- Mike Finn (ed.), The Gove Legacy: Education in Britain After the Coalition (London: PalgravePivot, 2015).
- Mike Finn, ‘The never-ending crisis in British higher education’ in Peter Walsh, Torsten Geelan and Marcos Gonzalez-Hernando (eds.), From Financial Crisis to Social Change: Towards Alternative Horizons (London: Palgrave, 2017, forthcoming).
- Mike Finn, 'Paradigm shift', Political Insight, 7:3 (2016).
- Mike Finn, ‘The politics of education revisited: Anthony Crosland and Michael Gove in historical perspective’, London Review of Education, 13:2 (2015).
- Mike Finn, ‘Conclusion: The net coalition effect’ in Anthony Seldon and Mike Finn (eds.), The Coalition Effect, 2010-2015 (Cambridge; Cambridge University Press, 2015).
- Mike Finn, ‘The coalition and the Liberal Democrats’ in Anthony Seldon and Mike Finn (eds.), The Coalition Effect, 2010-2015 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015).
- Mike Finn, ‘The coming of the coalition and the Coalition Agreement’ in Anthony Seldon and Mike Finn (eds.), The Coalition Effect, 2010-2015 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015).
- Mike Finn, ‘Conclusion: The Gove legacy in education’ in Mike Finn (ed.), The Gove Legacy: Education in Britain After the Coalition (London: PalgravePivot, 2015).
- Mike Finn, ‘Education Beyond the Gove Legacy: The case of higher education (2) – Ideology in action’ in Mike Finn (ed.), The Gove Legacy: Education in Britain After the Coalition (London: PalgravePivot, 2015).
- Mike Finn, ‘Introduction: The Gove Ascendancy - Michael Gove as Secretary of State for Education’ in Mike Finn, The Gove Legacy: Education in Britain After the Coalition (London: PalgravePivot, 2015).
- Mike Finn and Anthony Seldon, ‘Constitutional reform since 1997: The historians’ perspective’ in Matt Qvortrup (ed.), The British Constitution: Continuity and change (Hart: Oxford, 2013).
- Mike Finn, ‘Bridging the gap: Managing undergraduate expectations in the humanities and social sciences’ in Louis Coiffait (ed.), Blue Skies: New thinking on the future of higher education (London: Pearson, 2014).
- Mike Finn, ‘Local heroes: War news and the construction of community in Britain, 1914-1918’, Historical Research, 83:221 (2010).
- Mike Finn, ‘The realities of war’, History Today, 52:8 (2002).
- Mike Finn, 'Review: Redbrick: A social and architectural history of Britain's civic universities by William Whyte', History of Education (2016).
- Mike Finn, ‘Review: Fighting Different Wars by Janet S. K. Watson’ in Twentieth Century British History, 16:3 (2005).
- Mike Finn, 'Why the ghost of grammar schools keeps on haunting us', The Conversation, 9 September 2016.
- Mike Finn, 'Brexit: The aftermath for universities and students', The Conversation, 28 June 2016.
- Mike Finn, 'Post-war fantasies and Brexit: The delusional view of Britain's place in the world', LSE Brtish Politics and Policy, 21 June 2016.
- Mike Finn, 'Insularity is not the way forward: Three university vice-chancellors on Brexit', The Conversation, 13 June 2016.
- Mike Finn, ‘Britain no longer has the military capacity to make any difference in Syria’, Left Foot Forward, 1 December 2015.
- Mike Finn, ‘A Corbyn victory could help redefine what it means to support Labour’, Left Foot Forward, 17 July 2015.
- Mike Finn, ‘The battles ahead for Nicky Morgan and Jo Johnson’s education reforms’, The Conversation, 12 May 2015.
- Mike Finn, ‘Building more harmonious coalitions’, Times Higher Education, 7 May 2015.
- Mike Finn, ‘Grand ambitions and coalition realities’, Yorkshire Post, 28 March 2015.
- Mike Finn, ‘The new elite’, Guardian, 27 November 2002.
- Mike Finn, ‘Celibates in ivory tower find stardom’ [Palgrave Paper], Times Higher Education, 9 November 2001.
|2016||Research Fellowship, University of Warwick|
|2015||Honorary Research Fellowship, University of Buckingham|
|2014||Student-Led Teaching Award (Inclusivity), Liverpool Hope University|
|2002-2003||Kennedy Scholarship, Kennedy Memorial Trust|
|2001||Palgrave/Times Higher Education Humanities and Social Sciences Prize|