Professor Peter Mandler FBA

  • College positions:
    Bailey College Lecturer in History
  • University positions:
    Professor in Modern Cultural History
  • Subjects: History History and Politics


BA History (Magdalen College, Oxford), AM, PhD History (Harvard University)

Awards and prizes

Pilkington Prize for Teaching (2009)
Honorary Secretary (1998-2002), Vice President (2009-12), President (2012 to 2016), Royal Historical Society
Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2015) - interview here
Fellow of the British Academy (2015)

Research interests

British history since c. 1750, especially cultural, social and intellectual; the history of the humanities and social sciences in Britain and the U.S. since the late 19th century. Recent books include The Fall and Rise of the Stately Home (1997), History and National Life (2002) and The English National Character (2006);  Return from the Natives: How Margaret Mead Won the Second World War and Lost the Cold War.  Currently writing about Britain's transition to mass education since the Second World War and the language of social science in everyday life.

Teaching interests

Modern British history