Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean (College of Humanities)

Professor Andrew Thorpe

Andrew Thorpe is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Humanities and Professor of Modern British History. He graduated in Medieval and Modern History from the University of Birmingham and took his PhD in History at the University of Sheffield. He was appointed Dean of Humanities at Exeter in 2014, having served for 4 years as Associate Dean for Research up to that point. Prior to that he was Head of History. He was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor in 2015.

Andrew’s research centres on twentieth-century British political history, the history of party and policymaking, and international Communism in the era of the Communist International. He has worked extensively on the history of the British Labour party, and is the author of the standard single-volume History of the British Labour Party, now in its fourth edition. He was among the first British scholars to work extensively on the Moscow archives of the Communist International when they were opened up in the 1990s, resulting in his book The British Communist Party and Moscow, 1920-1943 (2000). He has also written on the Conservatives and Liberals, and his 2009 monograph, Parties at War, analysed the organisation of all the major parties in Britain during the Second World War. He is currently working on a book on the Labour leader, statesman and Nobel Peace Prize winner Arthur Henderson (1863-1935).

Andrew was the Exeter lead on the successful application for the AHRC South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of the AHRC Peer Review College.