An aerial view of Singleton Campus and the bay opposite
Dr Sam Blaxland

Dr Sam Blaxland

Honorary Appointment (Arts), Humanities and Social Sciences - Faculty

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I am a Post-doctoral Fellow and Tutor in History. I have recently written a book on Swansea University's history to mark its centenary. Swansea University: Campus and Community in a Post-War World, 1945-2020 is a social history of young people, academic culture, and the relationships higher education institutions forge with their surrounding communities, using Swansea University as a case study. In conjunction with more traditional forms of research, this involved coordinating and undertaking a large oral history project, as well as speaking to various groups and societies from the local community and the wider region.

Alongside my research, I also lecture and tutor on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses within the History Department. My interests include various aspects of Britain since 1945, including the student protests of the late 1960s; grass-roots political culture; the history of the Conservative Party, Britain’s relations with what has become the European Union; the history of Wales; and the party politics of nineteenth century Britain. I also teach classes on the theory of oral history, and the writing of biographical histories.

I was born and raised in Pembrokeshire, and studied my BA and MA degrees in History at Cardiff University. I came to Swansea University in 2013 to research and write a Ph.D. thesis on the Conservative Party in Wales, 1945-1997, which was fully funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Much of the research for that was conducted in the Bodleian Library in Oxford, and in local record offices across the country. I have written several academic, newspaper, and think-tank articles based on this work.

I am a regular contributor to the British and Welsh broadcast media on the subjects of historic and contemporary politics. In the past couple of years, I have appeared on BBC Breakfast, Radio 5 Live, BBC News at 6, and I acted as a pundit live from the BBC’s studios during the 2019 general election coverage. 

I also host Swansea University’s major new podcast series ‘Exploring Global Problems’ 

Areas Of Expertise

  • Universities since 1945
  • British politics since 1945, particularly the Conservative Party
  • Grass-roots political associations and their cultures, especially women’s societies
  • Oral history
  • Twentieth century Wales
  • Current affairs and contemporary politics

Career Highlights

Award Highlights

Arts and Humanities Research Council doctoral studentship, 2013-2016 (£14,000 p/a plus tuition fees).

Arts and Humanities Research Council studentship for Masters course, 2012-2013 (£9,500 plus tuition fees).