Emeritus, Honorary and Visiting Professors


Emeritus Professors


Emeritus Professor Stephen George

Stephen George joined the Department in 1973 and was appointed Jean Monnet Professor in 1994, Professor in 1999 and Emeritus Professor in 2003. He read politics at Leicester and after completing research for his MPhil degree he worked as a Research Assistant in European Studies at Huddersfield. He was until recently Chair of the Executive Committee of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES).

Professor George can be contacted at: s.a.george@sheffield.ac.uk


Emeritus Professor Patrick Seyd

As an undergraduate he studied politics and economics at the University of Southampton. His postgraduate studies were, first, at the University of Southampton (MPhil) and, then, at the University of Sheffield (PhD). He joined the Department in 1970. He was Chair of the Department between 1995 and 1998, and became Emeritus Professor in 2003. He was co-founder, with Professor Paul Whiteley, of the Institute for the Study of Political Parties.

Professor Seyd can be contacted at: p.seyd@sheffield.ac.uk


Emeritus Professor Andrew Vincent

BA, PhD, FRHistS, FLSW (University of Sheffield)

Email: andrew.vincent@sheffield.ac.uk

At present Honorary Professor Cardiff University (2011- ); Professorial Fellow of the Collingwood and British Idealism Centre, Cardiff University; Fellow of the Royal Historical Society; Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales; previously Senior Research Fellow on several occasions in Australian National University; Visiting Professor at Chinese University Hong Kong; co-Director of the Political Studies Association British Idealism Specialist Group.

Formerly Director of the Political Theory and Ideologies Research Centre, University of Sheffield.

Author or co-author of ten books and three edited collections and over seventy articles in peer reviewed journals. Book publications, with presses such as Oxford, Cambridge, Blackwell and Edinburgh, include: Philosophy, Politics and Citizenship (1984), Theories of the State (1987), Modern Political Ideologies (1993, 3rd edition 2010), A Radical Hegelian: The Political and Social Philosophy of Henry Jones (1993) and British Idealism and Political Theory (2001); Nationalism and Particularity (2002); The Nature of Political Theory (winner of the Political Studies Association UK Mackenzie Book prize for best book published 2004); The Politics of Human Rights (2010); British Idealism: A Guide to the Perplexed (2011); Comparative Political Thought: Theorizing Practices (with Michael Freeden) (2012).

Present research on three research monographs focused on contemporary political theory, political ideologies and philosophical idealism.


Honorary Professors


Professor Roy Hattersley

Roy Hattersley is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Politics. He was Labour MP for Birmingham, Sparkbrook from 1964 until 1997. During his time in the House of Commons he was Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection in the Labour Government led by James Callaghan, and was Deputy Leader of the Labour Party from 1983 until 1992. His links with the city of Sheffield are extensive. Since retiring from the House of Commons he has become a distinguished commentator on the Labour Party, and on British politics in general.


Professor David Marquand (FBA, FRHistS, FRSA)

David Marquand has been an Honorary Professor in the Department of Politics since 1997. He was a Professor in the Department from 1991 to 1996, after which he became Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford until his retirement in 2003. He was Labour MP for Ashfield between 1966 and 1977. From 1977 to 1978 he was Chief Adviser to the Secretary-General of the European Commission. He is a prolific author and commentator on contemporary British politics.

Honorary Research Fellow


Dr Shazelina Z. Abidin (Malaysian Foreign Service officer, and since April 2016, Undersecretary for Communications and Public Diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia)

Dr Shazelina is a veteran of bilateral and multilateral affairs in international relations. She has worked at both the embassy in Washington D.C. as political officer, and the Permanent Mission in New York as Minister-Counsellor in charge of General Assembly affairs and specialising particularly on the Sixth Committee (Legal Affairs).

Shazelina is a regular columnist for the New Straits Times, and sits on the International Advisory Board of the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.

Her areas of interest include international relations, particularly the UN, security studies, US foreign policy, and multilateral negotiations.

Shazelina holds a B.A. (Hons) from Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London; an MSc. from Edinburgh University; and a PhD from the University of Sheffield.


Visiting Professors


David Marsh CBE

Managing Director and Co-Founder of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF). Senior Adviser to London-based asset management company, Soditic.

David Marsh joined the Department of Politics as a Visiting Professor in 2013. Previously, David worked for City merchant bank Robert Fleming, corporate finance boutique, Hawkpoint and German management consultancy, Droege. Between 1978 and 1995, he worked for the Financial Times in London, France and Germany, including a spell as European Editor.

David is a Board Member of Henderson Eurotrust, the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany and German-British Forum. He was made Commander of the British Empire in 2000 and was awarded the German Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) in 2003.

He is a frequent media commentator in Europe and the US. Additionally, he has published several books that have contributed to academic debates, such as on Germany and Europe, the creation of the euro and the euro-zone crisis (the latter two with Yale University Press).


Linda McAvan

MEP since May 1998, representing Yorkshire and the Humber from June 1999. She is head of the European List for Labour 1999, 2004 and 2009 European Elections and the current Chair of the European Parliament Committee on International Development

Previously, she has acted as spokesperson for the Socialist Group Environment, Climate Change, Food Safety and Public Health (2009-2014) and was Deputy Leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party (1999- 2014). Her specialist areas of interest are Climate Change, Tobacco Control and Medicines Safety.

Linda holds a BA Hons in Languages (Interpreting/Translating) from Heriot Watt and an MA (maitrise) International Relations, Universite Libre de Bruxelles.


Dr Anne Posthuma

Senior Specialist in Employment and Labour Market Policies at the International Institute for Labour Studies, ILO (Brazilia)

Dr Anne Posthuma joined the Department of Politics as a Visiting Professor in 2013. She holds a PhD in Development Studies, an MSc in Science, Technology and Industrialisation (both Sussex) and a BA in Social Anthropology from Stanford.

Anne is a founding member in an international research network entitled ‘Capturing the Gains’, which aims to conduct comparative international research concerning the economic and social dimensions of upgrading in global production networks. She also participates actively in an internal group of ILO staff concerned with enhancing the opportunities that globalisation offers to improve earnings and labour conditions for workers in global production networks.


Owain Service

Managing Director, The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT). Often referred to as the ‘Nudge Unit’, BIT is part of the Cabinet Office and applies insights from academic research in behavioural economics and psychology to public policy and services.

Owain has previously worked in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, the Foreign Office and the European Commission, leading work on Strategic Defence and Security, energy, public services reform and local government strategic review.

He holds degrees from Cambridge (Social and Political Sciences) and the LSE (MSc in International Relations).


Will Somerville

UK Programme Director for Unbound Philanthropy

Will Somerville joined the Department of Politics as a Visiting Professor in 2013. In addition to his role as UK Programme Director for Unbound Philanthropy, a private foundation based in New York, Will also works part-time as a Senior Policy Analyst for the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a think tank based in Washington DC, which he joined in 2006.

Prior to joining MPI, Will worked at the Commission for Racial Equality, the U.K. Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, Cabinet Office, and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). He has authored over sixty policy papers, chapters and journal articles. His most recent book is Immigration under New Labour (2007, Policy Press).

Will holds a degree in History (First Class) from Leeds University, a Master’s degree (with distinction) in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).


Joe Twyman

Founding Director and Head of Political and Social Research, YouGov.

Joe is an alumnus of the department (BA Politics). Prior to founding YouGov in 2000, he worked for Ipsos MORI. He provides expert analysis for both the national and international media including BBC television and radio, Sky News, ITN, Reuters, Bloomberg, GMTV and CNBC. On the night of the 2010 General Election he was the on-screen analyst for CNN’s live broadcast.


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