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Dr Alexandre Campsie

Dr Alexandre Campsie

Temporary University Lecturer in Twentieth-Century British History


I am a cultural, political and intellectual historian of modern Britain. I finished my PhD on the New Left in Britain in October 2016; since then I have been working on a monograph based on this, whilst also working on a new project on the idea of the 'metropolitan elite' in late-twentieth-century Britain. 

I'm currently a bye-fellow at Emmanuel College and Part II director of studies at St Catharine's College.


Subject groups/Research projects

Modern British History:


I deliver core lectures for Part I Paper 6, and supervise Papers 6, 11 and 18. I co-teach Part II Paper L: The Transformation of Everyday Life in Britain, 1945-1990. I've supervised various undergraduate dissertations in modern British history, and would be happy to hear from students wishing to pursue a dissertation in the coming academic year. I also teach HAP and give classes on the core course for the MPhil in Modern British History. 

Other Professional Activities

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


  • Modern British History

Key Publications

Jon Lawrence and Alexandre Campsie, 'Political history' in Stefan Berger, Heiko Feldner and Kevin Passmore (eds), Writing History: theory and practice (forthcoming revised 3rd edn 2018). 

‘Socialism will never be the same again’. Re-imagining British left-wing ideas for the ‘New Times’, Contemporary British History 31:2 (April 2017), 166-188. 

Mass-Observation, Left intellectuals and the politics of everyday life, English Historical Review 131 (February 2016), 92-121. 

Other Publications

Spectacle, Spaces and Political Change: Reflections then and now, Renewal: A Journal of Social Democracy 26:2 (forthcoming 2018, and advance on the Renewal blog.

Populism and grassroots politics: ‘New Left’ critiques of social democracy, 1968-1994, Renewal: A Journal of Social Democracy 25:1 (2017).