Dr Mike Finn

Dr Mike Finn

Senior Tutor, St Edmund’s College

Mike Finn studied history as an undergraduate at the University of Liverpool, before moving to Magdalene College, Cambridge for an MPhil and PhD. A Kennedy Scholar at Harvard in 2002-2003, he also read for a second undergraduate degree in Theology at Exeter College, Oxford.

He has taught widely in UK higher education, and was a Bye-Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge, and a Junior Research Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. He has also served as Director of Liberal Arts at the University of Exeter, and Deputy Head of the School for Cross-Faculty Studies at the University of Warwick. In 2001 he was the recipient of the Palgrave/Times Higher Education Humanities and Social Sciences writing prize whilst a graduate student at Cambridge.

Mike’s research interests address political culture, broadly defined, and his most recent book Debating Anarchism was published by Bloomsbury in 2021. Previous books include a study of Brexit’s impact on UK higher education, and a co-edited history of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition. He is currently working on books on the post-war British socialist thought and education policy, and the impact of neonationalism on contemporary British political culture. Mike has appeared widely in British and international media as a political commentator.

Outside of academia, Mike recently served as Director of Lifelong Learning at Everton Football Club’s associated charity Everton in the Community and was an adviser and speechwriter to the late Charles Kennedy.