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Dr Alexandre Campsie


My PhD entitled 'A social and intellectual history of British socialism from New Left to New Times' examined how left-wing thinkers understood social change in post-war Britain. 

I hold an MPhil in Modern European History from Cambridge - my dissertation focused on sociological understandings of class on the British Left from the 1930s to late 1950s. An article from this was published in the English Historical Review in February 2016.


I also studied for an undergraduate degree in History at Cambridge, where I won the Cambridge Historical Society Prize for my Part 2 dissertation on 'New Left' debates c. 1962-1994.

Departments and Institutes

Sidney Sussex College:

Research Interests

I have principally worked on the political, cultural and intellectual history of the British Left across the twentieth century


I have taught Papers 6, 11 and 18 in Part 1 of the Historical Tripos. I lecture on the Paper 6 course, and do group and individual HAP teaching on topics including 'Class', 'Post-modernism' and 'Marxist Historiography'.

Other Professional Activities

I am a commissioning editor for Renewal: A Journal of Social Democracy


  • Modern British History

Key Publications

'Mass-Observation, left intellectuals and the politics of everyday life', English Historical Review, February 2016: advance access.


'"Socialism will never be the same again"'. Re-imagining left-wing ideas for the "New Times"', Contemporary British History, April 2017: 


'Populism and grassroots politics: "New Left" critiques of Social Democracy', Renewal 25:1, 62-75.