Matt Beech

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Matt Beech

Dr Matt Beech is founding Director of the Centre for British Politics and a professor in the School of Law and Politics at the University of Hull. A political scientist and historian who teaches post-war British political history, government and ideas.  Previously he taught at the University of Southampton and the University of York.

He is the author or editor of eight book and numerous essays and articles on British politics.  He is currently working on two books: a monograph on The Triumph of Progressivism? From Blair to Brexit (Palgrave, 2020) and a revised edition of The Struggle for Labour's Soul (Routledge, 2018).

Matt is a Senior Fellow in the Institute of European Studies at the University of California Berkeley; Fellow of the Royal Historical Society; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; Executive Committee Member of the American Political Science Association’s British Politics Group; Member of the Heterodox Academy; and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He 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.

Matt has spoken at the House of Commons, the House of Lords, Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, University of Adelaide, Hitotsubashi University and has given two very popular IES Public Lectures at UC Berkeley and at Duane Morris LLP San Francisco.

Matt provides expert analysis for the print media and has appeared in The Washington Post, Financial Times, Daily Express, USA Today, Le Figaro, Les Echos, The Globe and Mail and Bloomberg News. He has worked on programmes for BBC Radio 4, Radio France International, BBC Parliament and CNBC Asia.

Matt offers public policy consultancy through private sector partners and this has enabled him to work with politicians on the left, right and centre from Norway and Germany. He lives with his family in England's East Riding of Yorkshire.

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