Short Bio Matthew Goodwin is an academic, bestseller writer and keynote speaker known for his work on political volatility, risk, public opinion, populism, British politics, Europe, elections and Brexit. He is Professor of Politics at Rutherford College, University of Kent, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute, has served as Senior Visiting Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, Senior Fellow with UK In a Changing Europe and Senior Advisor to the UK Education Committee.
Matthew is the author of six books, including the 2018 Sunday Times bestseller, National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy, listed by the Financial Times as apolitics book of the year and translated into multiple languages. He is the co-author of the 2015 Political Book of the Year, Revolt on the Right, long-listed for the Orwell Prize. He has published academic books with Oxford and Cambridge University Press, dozens of peer-reviewed academic studies in top-ranked journals and dozens of research reports with think-tanks, government agencies and research institutes. His research papers have variously explored the drivers of public support for populism, Brexit, British politics, terrorist attacks, rising ethnic diversity across the West, and the future of Europe. His Google Scholar metrics are available here.
Matthew engages widely with business, policy and media. He has consulted more than 300 organizations around the globe, from the UK Prime Minister's Office to the President of Germany, U.S. State Department, European Commission, Deutsche Bank, UBS, JP Morgan, Rothschild and Cie, Trilateral Commission, Goldman Sachs and Clifford Chance. He has given evidence to various parliamentary committees including the Home Affairs, Education and Public Bill committees. He regularly engages with governments and policymakers around the globe. Matthew regularly interviews politicians, activists and campaigners from across the spectrum and appears regularly in international media including BBC News, Financial Times, New York Times and Politico. He lives in London and tweets @GoodwinMJ. Connect with him on Linked In.
Matthew was born and raised in St Albans, Hertfordshire, and was the first person in his family to go to university. He is a political scientist by training who has worked in and around universities for nearly twenty years. He has lived in Detroit, the Czech Republic and Canada. He holds a BA (First Class Hons), M.A. and PhD and has held a series of academic positions. After completing his PhD, Matthew joined the Institute for Political and Economic Governance at the University of Manchester and was then awarded a prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Economic and Social Research Council. He was appointed lecturer at the University of Nottingham in 2010 and completed research projects for the Leverhulme Trust, Nuffield Foundation, British Academy and Home Office, among others. He was awarded an ESRC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship and spent one year seconded to a UK government department (DCLG). In 2015, he was appointed Professor of Politics at the University of Kent and in the same year awarded an ESRC Senior Fellowship to examine Britain's 2016 EU referendum. In 2018, he was named a European Young Leader. Matthew's distinctive contribution to research and public debate is recognised by several bodies. In 2014, he was awarded the Richard Rose Prize, given to one scholar annually for their contribution to the study of politics. He was also awarded the Communicator Prize for his extensive work with non-academic audiences. In 2015, he won the Paddy Power Political Book of the Year for Revolt on the Right, and then wrote the first academic book on the Brexit vote, with Cambridge University Press. Three years later, Matthew's book National Populism became a Sunday Times Bestseller and was listed among the 2018 Politics Books of the Year. He is currently finishing two books and a number of research papers.
If you are interested in talking with Matthew, working with Matthew or asking him to speak at an event drop him a note.