Mr Adam Waddingham

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I am a historian specialising in the history of political thought and culture. 

My current project addresses the historical creation, development, and reception of Euroscepticism within British political history. I am interested, in particular, with how debates of Europe intersect with British constitutionalism in the creation of Euroscepticism. Ultimately, the project aims to explore how Euroscepticism became a dominant political idea in the post-war period and reflect on what this means for the British constitution, political actors, and parties. 


I began my academic career with a Masters degree in History (with distinction) at The University of Manchester in 2019. My thesis focused on the creation and longevity of 'Lancashire Toryism' for the Conservative Party. This followed a number of years with the University of Cambridge, and later Warwick, and following my Undergraduate degree in History with Politics (with first class honours) with a thesis that focused on 'entryism' within the Labour Party as a political tactic. 

Before returning to academic work, I spent a number of years as a research contracts and funding specialist, and later as the University of Warwick's Executive Officer between 2016 - 2018 leading on the design and development of a number of institutional priorities and policies. 

Outside of university life, I am a Trustee for a charity called Fumble which advocates for improved sex, health, and relationships education for young people. I follow Manchester City Football Club; however, my Mastermind specialist subject would be typography.

I can be found on Twitter @adamwaddingham 

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Co-convenor, Political Studies Association (Politics and History Sub-Group)

Co-covenor, Manchester Postgraduate History Network 

Early Career Researcher, Royal Historical Society

Areas of expertise

  • D204 Modern History - Modern British HIstory, Political History, European Union, Intellectual History

Research Networks and Beacons


  • Brexit, Euroscepticism, Conservatism, Political History, Modern British History

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2019 - Master of Arts, (Distinction), 'Cradle of Conservatism: A Study of Lancashire Toryism'
  • 2010 - Bachelor of Arts, (First Class), 'Militant in Politics: A Study of the Militant Tendency, The Labour Party, and the Thatcher Government'

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