Dr. Matt Beech is founding Director of the Centre for British Politics and Reader in Politics in the Department of Politics at the University of Hull. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Associate Member of the Centre de Recherches en Civilisation Britannique, Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3 and a Member of the Heterodox Academy. In 2017, Matt was an IES Visiting Scholar in the Centre for British Studies. A political scientist and historian who teaches post-war British political history, government and ideas, he is the author or editor of nine book and numerous essays and articles on British politics. He is currently researching a monograph entitled, From Blair to Brexit (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021).
Matt has 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. He has spoken at the House of Commons, the House of Lords, Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, University of Adelaide, Hitotsubashi University, World Affairs Council (Sacramento Chapter) and has given four IES Public Lectures, three at UC Berkeley on 'Why are Labour's Progressives Ineffective?' ; 'Brexit and its Aftershocks'; A View From Britain: Towards Brexit? and one on 'The Effect of Brexit: Voices from Germany and Britain' at Duane Morris LLP San Francisco.
Matt is Executive Committee Member of the American Political Science Association’s British Politics Group; and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Matt has appeared in The Times, The Washington Post, Financial Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Le Figaro, Les Echos and on programmes for BBC Radio 4, Radio France International, BBC Parliament and CNBC Asia..
Matt offers public policy consultancy and has worked with the World Affairs Council - Sacramento Chapter and The Council of State Governments West; with politicians, trade unionists, local government officers and broadcast journalists from Norway; think-tank professionals from Germany; Chinese provincial government officials; and Russian higher education professionals. He lives with his family in England's East Riding of Yorkshire.