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Laura Beers

Associate Professor Department of History

Additional Positions at AU

  • Affiliate Assistant Professor, School of International Service
Professor Beers's research focuses on modern Britain. She is particularly interested in the ways in which politics both influences and is shaped by cultural and social life, and in the role of the mass media in modern society. Her first book, Your Britain: Media and the Making of the Labour Party, was published by Harvard University Press. She is the co-editor with Dr. Geraint Thomas of Brave New World: Imperial and Democratic Nation-Building in Britain between the Wars. She has published on the role of public opinion in politics. She has recently published her third book, Red Ellen: The Life of Ellen Wilkinson, Socialist, Feminist, Internationalist, a history of Britain's second female cabinet minister.


PhD, History, Harvard University, 2007
MA, History, Harvard University, 2003
AB, summa cum laude, History, Princeton University, 2000

Languages Spoken
French, Italian, Spanish

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(202) 885-6379 (Office)

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History Department


  • Summer 2017

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Leverhulme Trust Fellow, Exeter University, 2011-12
  • Junior Research Fellow, Newnham College Cambridge, 2008-09  
  • Economic and Social Research Council postdoctoral fellow, Faculty of History, Cambridge University 2007-08
  • Mellon Foundation postgraduate research fellow, Institute of Historical Research, London, 2006-7
  • Outstanding Young Scholars Fellow, Department of History, Warwick University, autumn 2004


Media Appearances

  • Featured on WTTG-Fox 5 as an in-studio guest to discuss the rioting in London in August 2011.


Grants and Sponsored Research

  • British Academy Small Research Grant SG 51480
  • ESRC Grant PTA-026-27-1586

AU Expert

Area of Expertise:

Politics and the media (particularly in Great Britain), the British Labour party, political betting

Additional Information:

Laura Beers has published widely on the role of the media in British politics and industrial relations, the role of opinion polling in British politics, and the reliability of political betting markets. Her book Your Britain: Media and the Making of the Labour Party was published by Harvard University Press in May 2010.

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