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Dr Stuart Middleton

Stuart Middleton Office:
Office Hours:
H016, ground floor of the Humanities Building
024 76572797, internal extension 72797
Tuesdays 12:00-13:00; Thursdays 12:00-13:00


Academic Profile

  • 2018 onwards: Assistant Professor of History and Literature, University of Warwick
  • 2017-2018: Fulbright Scholar, New York University
  • 2014-2018: Research Fellow, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge
  • 2010-2016: MPhil & PhD, University of Cambridge
  • 1998-2002: BA, University of Cambridge (Double First)



Stuart Middleton is a historian of political and intellectual cultures in Britain, Western Europe and America since the late nineteenth century. His work is currently focused on two projects. The first, a monograph entitled The Paradox of Democracy, examines the search for ‘democratic values’ among progressive intellectuals in Britain and America who believed that democracy was imperilled or unattainable after 1918. The second is a study of political argument in post-war Britain which focuses on the emergence of a new conceptual vocabulary after the Attlee administrations. The first instalment of this, a major re-evaluation of the politics of ‘affluence’, appeared in the English Historical Review.

Key publications

‘Humanism’s Prodigal Son’, Essays in Criticism LXIX:3 (July 2019), 380-388

'Raymond Williams's "structure of feeling" and the problem of democratic values in Britain, 1938-1961', Modern Intellectual History (First View Jan. 2019)

'The concept of 'experience' and the making of the English working class, 1924-1963', Modern Intellectual History 13:1 (2016), 179-208

'E.P. Thompson and the Cultural Politics of Literary Modernism', Contemporary British History 28:4 (2014), 422-437

'"Affluence" and the Left in Britain, c.1958-1974', English Historical Review CXXIX:536 (2014), 107-138

Other publications (selected)

'I was the Left Opposition', London Review of Books 40:6 (22 Mar. 2018), 27-30

'Value of Imagination', Times Literary Supplement 5924 (14 Oct. 2016), 30

'Questionably Virtuous', London Review of Books 38:17 (8 Sep. 2016), 9-10

'Tranquil Pleasures: or, How to Decorate the Downstairs Lavatory', Cambridge Humanities Review 12 (2016), 11-12

'The Facts', Cambridge Humanities Review 9 (2015), 7-10