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Stephen Thornton

Dr Stephen Thornton

Reader in Politics and Programme Director

Ysgol y Gyfraith a Gwleidyddiaeth

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Adeilad y Gyfraith, Ystafell 2.39, 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.













  • Thornton, S. L. 2011. We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works. In: Curtis, S. and Simon Rofe, J. eds. Does the medium matter? IT-assisted learning and teaching in international relations and politics. Why Social Science Matters Vol. 5. Birmingham, UK: Higher Education Academy Subject Network for Sociology, Anthropology, Politics (C-SAP), pp. 7-11.







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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.


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).


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

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

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.

Pwyllgorau ac adolygu

Bwrdd Golygyddol: Addysgu a Dysgu: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences; Israddedig Journal of Politics and International Relations

Adolygydd cyfnodolion: Astudiaethau Gwleidyddol;  Journal of Political Science Education;  Addysgu a Dysgu; PS: Gwyddoniaeth Wleidyddol a Gwleidyddiaeth

Adolygydd llyfrau: Gwasg Prifysgol Rhydychen;   Macmillan/Gwasg y Blwch Coch; Routledge

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