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Dr Stephen Thornton

Dr Stephen Thornton

Senior Lecturer

Ysgol y Gyfraith a Gwleidyddiaeth

+44(0)29 2087 6095
2.39, Adeilad y Gyfraith, Rhodfa'r Amgueddfa, Caerdydd, CF10 3AX
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My research tends to focus on twentieth century British political history, my latest book being Demolishing Whitehall: Leslie Martin, Harold Wilson and the Architecture of White Heat (with Adam Sharr of Newcastle University). This received commendation during the RIBA President’s Awards for Research in 2014, the judges noting that the book was ‘rigorously researched’, and made for ‘a fascinating read’. As a result of this work I was recently awarded Fellowship of the Royal Historical Society. Future work will explore further links between politics and architecture, and I will also be investigating the constitutionally murky position of deputy to the British prime minister. I also write about issues concerning learning and teaching in Politics.


Education and qualifications

2010: Postgraduate Certificate of University Teaching and Learning (PCUTL), Cardiff University     

2003: PhD, (University of Wales, Cardiff)

1997: MScEcon in the European Policy Process (with distinction), (University of Wales, Cardiff)

1992: Postgraduate Certificate in Education, (Charlotte Mason College, University of Lancaster)

1991: BA Hons, University of Nottingham


Career overview

2012 – present: Senior Lecturer, Politics, initially in the School of European Studies (EUROS), now the School of Law and Politics (LAWPL)

2006 – 2012:     Lecturer in Comparative Politics (0.5 f.t.e), EUROS

2005 – 2006:     Tutor, EUROS

2004 – 2005:     Lecturer in Politics (9 month fixed term contract), EUROS

1992 – 1996:     Teacher, Howitt House School, Burton-on-Trent

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2016:    Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

2014:    Cardiff University Outstanding Contribution Award                 

2014:    Commendation: RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding University Located Research for Demolishing Whitehall: Leslie   Martin, Harold Wilson and the Architecture of White Heat.

2010:    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

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2014 – present:    Member of the Political studies Association (PSA) Education and Skills Sub-committee (through role on the PSA Specialist Group on Teaching and Learning)

2012 – present:    Member of Editorial Board of the PSA journal Politics

2007 – present:    Co-convenor and Treasurer of the PSA Specialist Group on Teaching and Learning

In addition:           Current external examiner for Wolverhampton University; and regular reviewer for the American Political Science Association’s Journal of Political Science Education, the PSA's journal Politics, and LATISS: Learning and Teaching in the Social Sciences.

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Keynote paper at an international panel, ‘Brexit and Its Implications for the UK and Rest of the World’ organised by the Panjab University Department of Public Administration in collaboration with IIPA regional branch, Punjab and Chandigarh, 11/07/2016.

‘The Mysterious Role of Deputy to the British Prime Minister’, paper presented at the 66th Annual Political Studies (PSA) Conference, Brighton, 23/03/2016

‘Assessing First Year Politics Students for Information Literacy Awareness, paper presented at the PSA/BISA Teaching and Learning Conference’: Assessment and Feedback: Rethinking Pedagogic Practice in Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham, 16/09/2014

‘’The Architecture of White Heat’, paper presented at White Heat Fifty Years On conference, the People’s History Museum, Manchester, 05/07/2013 (with Adam Sharr)

‘The White Heat of Conservation’, paper presented at the 12th Docomomo International Conference in Espoo, Finland, 10/07/2012 (with Adam Sharr)

‘Demolishing Whitehall’ for the History and Theory Seminar series at Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge, 17/01/2012 (with Adam Sharr)



















I am convenor of the first year undergraduate modules Introduction to Government and Introduction to Political Science, and co-run the Politics Study Skills programme. I also convene the Masters-level module As It Happened? A Biographical Approach to British Political History 1950-2010. In addition, I contribute teaching to the the final year option, Parliamentary Studies and the Masters-level course Themes and Debates in Contemporary Comparative Politics. I also provide undergraduate and Masters-level dissertation and PhD thesis support.

I am currently Director of Teaching and Learning for Politics and International Relations and a member of the Cardiff University Learning Environment Steering Group (Education Portfolio Programme).

I am currently working on a book about the mysterious role of British deputy prime ministers, and an article examining the poet John Betjeman's role as a sophisticated political actor, successfully championing the cause of Victorian architecture.

My work tends to be located in the fuzzy borderland between politics and modern history, and I was part of the recent GW4 project entitled Modern British Politics and Political History. I am also a member of newly-formed PSA Specialist Group on Politics and History.

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