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Dr Peter Sloman

Dr Peter Sloman


University Teaching Officer


Office hours: Mondays 1.00pm-2.00pm

Peter Sloman is accepting applications for PhD students.


Peter Sloman is University Lecturer in British Politics at POLIS and a fellow of Churchill College. Before joining POLIS in 2015 he spent ten years in Oxford, where he obtained his DPhil and held a junior research fellowship at New College. His first book, The Liberal Party and the Economy, 1929-1964 (Oxford, 2015) explored how British Liberals engaged with economic thought in the era of John Maynard Keynes and William Beveridge. He has also published articles in Historical Research, Political Studies Review, Twentieth Century British History, Contemporary British History, and Journal of Social Policy, has reviewed books for the English Historical Review and American Historical Review, and has contributed to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Peter is currently working on the history of redistribution and tax-benefit integration in the British welfare state from the Beveridge Report to Universal Credit.

Research Interests

  • British economic and social policy since 1918
  • Party politics and electoral sociology
  • Liberal political thought and its relationship with public policy
  • Histories of poverty and inequality


Peter convenes the first-year Evidence and Argument paper for History and Politics students and the third-year POL13 paper on The Politics of Europe for POLIS. He also supervises students in a number of other Politics and History papers, and welcomes enquiries from prospective MPhil and PhD students in his areas of interest.

Peter is currently chair of the Management Committee for the new History and Politics Tripos.

Key Publications


The Liberal Party and the Economy, 1929-1964 (Oxford University Press, 2015)


'Universal Basic Income in British politics, 1918-2018: From a "vagabond's wage" to a global debate', forthcoming in Journal of Social Policy

'"The pragmatist's solution to poverty": The Heath government's Tax Credit Scheme and the politics of social policy in the 1970s', Twentieth Century British History, vol. 27, no. 2 (2016)

‘Beveridge’s rival: Juliet Rhys-Williams and the campaign for basic income, 1942-1955’, Contemporary British History, vol. 30, no. 2 (2016)

‘Leslie Burgin’ and ‘Harcourt Johnstone’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (September 2015 update)

‘Can we conquer unemployment? The Liberal Party, public works, and the 1931 political crisis’, Historical Research, vol. 38, no. 239 (2015)

‘Partners in progress? British Liberals and the Labour Party since 1918’, Political Studies Review, vol. 12, no. 1 (2014)

‘Rethinking a progressive moment: The Liberal and Labour parties in the 1945 general election’, Historical Research, vol. 84, no. 226 (2011)