Department of History

If you wish to get in touch with our administrative staff, please see the admin staff contact page.

Image of Dean Blackburn

Dean Blackburn

Lecturer in Modern British History, Faculty of Arts


Expertise Summary

My research engages with the intellectual politics of twentieth-century Britain. I am particularly interested in the political ideologies that informed parliamentary politics in the post-war period.

Office Hours

My office hours for the 2018-19 academic year are as follows:

Autumn Semester 2pm - 3pm, Tuesday 5pm- 6pm, Friday

Spring Semester 2pm - 3pm, Monday Noon - 1pm, Thursday

Teaching Summary

Undergraduate Teaching

I convene a second-year optional course, Socialism in an Age of Affluence, 1945-83, that examines the history of the post-war British Labour party. By tracing the party's changing thought and practice, it provides students with an understanding of the social, cultural and economic changes that re-configured Britain's political terrain in the three decades that followed the Second World War.

Alongside Professor Steven Fielding, I also convene V12150, a course for students enrolled on the joint honours History and Politics programme. This module, which is designed to help students navigate the boundary between these two disciplines, explores different concepts and approaches that scholars employ to understand political change.

From September 2017, I will convene The Rise and Fall of Thatcherism, This special subject explores the political, social and cultural changes that took place in 1980s Britain.

As well as the above, I also teach on the following team-taught undergraduate modules:

  • Learning History
  • Contemporary World
  • Road To Modernity, 1789 - 1945

Postgraduate Teaching

I convene Modernity, Myth and Memory in Modern Britain. Taking the concept of modernity as its starting-point, this course interrogates the social and political changes that re-shaped Britain in the twentieth-century.

I contribute to Memory and Social Change in Modern Europe.

Research Summary

Current Research

I am currently writing a monograph that explores the political publishing of Penguin Books. Drawing upon research that informed my doctoral thesis, it employs Penguin as a lens through which to view political change in post-war Britain.

Research Supervision

David Civil, 'Meritocratic Discourse in Post-war Britain' (M3C funded)

Joseph Himsworth, 'The Political Thought of Keith Joseph'

Matthew Kidd, 'Popular Politics in Urban England, 1867-1918' (Awarded in 2016)

Selected Publications

Department of History

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Contact details