James Parker



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: History
Department: History

I grew up in Newport, Gwent, and attended Bassaleg Comprehensive School. I graduated from the University of Exeter in the summer of 2008 with First Class Honours in BA History and Politics. After a year working in a variety of local government positions, I took my MA in Modern History at the University of York, before returning to Exeter to begin my PhD in 2011.

My research project investigates the role of trade unions within the political culture of the British Labour party in the 1930s.

My main interests are in twentieth century British and European social and political history, particularly the history of labour movements and parties of the left, and the historical role of ideology, organisation and culture in politics.

I have worked as a teaching assistant on the undergraduate Making History and Approaches to History modules, and was book reviews co-editor for the 2013 and 2014 volumes of Ex Historia.