Matt Beech is a political scientist and historian who teaches post-war British political history, government and ideas. He is founding Director of the Centre for British Politics, Senior Fellow at the Institute of European Studies, UC Berkeley and Associate Member of the Centre de Recherches en Civilisation Britannique, Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3. He was a Thorneycroft Memorial Scholar at the University of Southampton, where he studied for his PhD under Professor the Lord Plant of Highfield.
Matt has been awarded fellowships at the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts and is a Member of the Heterodox Academy.
Matt has spoken at the House of Commons, the House of Lords, the California Chamber of Commerce, the Council of State Governments - West, UC Berkeley, Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, University of Adelaide and Hitotsubashi University. He has had written evidence published by the House of Lords Select Committee on Soft Power and the UK’s Influence and by the Committee on Standards in Public Life report into donations and funding of British political parties.
Matt has appeared in The Times, The Washington Post, Financial Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Le Figaro, Les Echos and on programmes for BBC Radio 4, Radio France International, BBC Parliament and CNBC Asia.
He is currently working on a monograph: From Blair to Brexit (Palgrave, 2021) .