Ben started working at Middlesex in 2005 during his PhD which was on anti-Thatcherite comic books of the 1980s. His PhD work was fully funded by a Middlesex studentship. He is mostly interested in the interaction between politics and culture and has a particular specialism in the political experiences of the generation born after 1979. Teaching in Media has provided a useful insight into these issues and has lead him to explore a range of different areas around campaigning and movements for social change. He has explored communications, politics and media technology in relation to the NGO sector, the Arab Spring, Occupy, the EDL and UK Uncut.

He has edited one and co-edited a second book on intergenerational politics:Radical Future(2010) andRegeneration(2012).

 

Qualifications

  • BA English Literature, University of Bristol
  • MA Cultural Studies, University of Leeds
  • PhD, Middlesex University
  • PGCertHE, Middlesex University

Module leader for MED1002 Introduction to Media and Society.

Module leader MED3053 Campaigns and Social Change.

Invited speaker at Society for Research into Higher Education: Student Experience Network (Twice: 2010 and 2012) on innovative curriculum design.

Doctoral students welcome in the following areas:

  • Culture and neoliberalism
  • Intergenerational politics
  • Youth and politics
  • Social movement/activist studies
  • comics studies
  • popular culture
  • any cognate areas to the above

Radical Future books series funded by Intergenerational foundations 2012 £1500 and Lipman-Miliband Trust £500.

Ben is co-editor ofSoundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture.

He has worked with a range of NGOs in his teaching and campaigning work including Oxfam, Friends of the Earth, The New Economics Foundation, Intern Aware and Bite the Ballot.

With Soundings he has co-ordinated the re-release of Raymond William's May Day Manifesto of 1968with a new introduction by Michael Rustin. He has also been a key in organising After Neoliberalism:The Kilburn Manifesto edited by Stuart Hall, Doreen Massey and Michael Rustin and is contributing a chapter on intergenerational politics. The manifesto has been featured on the Guardian (and here) and Open Democracy.

Ben also occasionally writes for blogs including Open Democracy and Liberal Conspiracy.